Setting up for failures

Knowingly and unknowingly, many of us set ourselves up for failure at the onset of many projects, big or small. It is either a habit or mindset that has ingrained into our lifestyle and when we fail, the effect of the failure often cascade down to many subsequently failing situation and things blow up.

Firstly, we often have greater than realistically possible expectations, or worse, we have unclear expectations. We do not assess what capabilities and resources that is available to us and set forth to accomplish results that is beyond our means. I am by no means advocating that we shouldn’t dream and go beyond our limits. No, go beyond your limits and stretch yourselves to improve and better yourselves. But do it a small step at a time, so that it is achievable. Why is this important? When we set achievable goals, even if it is slightly beyond our current means, it allows us to succeed without feeling despair when we fail. Success breeds success. We do not expect our kids to start running when they haven’t even start to walk, why do we expect ourselves to be able to jump above limits in a single bound?

Secondly, first steps are important. Often, we hesitant to take first step or take the first steps too fast or too slow. The first steps of any venture determine the pace at which we continue the process. When I am late in the morning, I become flustered and until I am able to slow myself down, things often get done hastily and errors creep in.

Lastly, as mentioned above, success breeds success. Start small and enable success. It will continue to breed and encourage more success, whether it is within ourselves or others.


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