“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
Ruling out the idea of planning to fail
Too many people, too many times refer to how “failing to plan is planning to fail.” The truth of the matter is planning to fail only sets you up for failure but does not necessarily guarantee it. A person can only fail at something that they are not able to make compensation for. In essence, the failure starts when the person stops trying. There are a number of things this statement does not take into consideration. First of all not everyone has the spiritual gift of administration, that means not everyone is able to plan (though they should), and certain things happen beyond our control which then force us to act on the spot! How then can we plan? Secondly people respond differently to some situations, meaning that they work better under pressure. It makes them more creative.. I’m not encouraging spontaneity but just pointing out how people are different. As I said before if you cannot make up for the failed task only then have you failed though without necessarily planning to do so.
Planning to fail requires coming up with strategic ways to fail. That is not an indirect or subconscious thing. You don’t form ways to fail without knowing it through failing to plan. A person can fail to plan for a meeting, but make up for it through simply postponing it. If they cannot do that then they would have failed to make the meeting without planning to do so. The question to ask then is, “What does the statement, ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ make reference to?” The other side of the coin is failing where you planned to succeed. When you plan, that is just a small part of the process.Even when it’s complete it’s still not part of the big picture. What is the big picture? Success. It is not the execution of the plan but whether or not the plan is a good one. That is what factors into the existence of the plan. It is possible for someone to fail because of having failed to make a proper plan. Even within the plan they would have failed to plan! In the end it’s about making a good plan as the first step. The second step is making a backup plan which should be equally as good, otherwise it defeats the purpose. The statement should actually read: failing to plan increases the likely-hood of setting yourself up for failure.
Looking at the positive side: the big picture
The important thing to note is that there is always a reason to try! Developing yourself is for the benefit of others. Your gifts and talents are not for you. The idea is you impacting the people around you. It’s really all about them. People should think more about what they can do for others rather than focusing so much on themselves. That said, because you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, but, “You miss every opportunity ahead of you with every step that you don’t take.” The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, right? That’s a huge journey! Might as well make the most of it. What is the worst that can happen? If you make a mistake, learn from it, perform better and move on. People underestimate the simplicity of life by complicating it. There’s the other side of this coin: what’s the best that could happen? Thinking that way gives you something to look forward to, and again, a reason to try! Remember to never say, “Never!”
Looking at what Theodore Roosevelt said should bring out the perspective:
““It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
It’s about giving it your best and not caring about anything else. It’s about looking forward to a positive outcome and doing whatever it takes to advantage of everything that tries to stop you along the way, and instead moving forward.
I’ll leave you with this: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few- Optimus Prime, Transformers 3. Failure is neither an excuse nor an option! Just try!