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Jan 13

Fail Gloriously

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This weekend I went to a seminar on how to present Law of Attraction principles to a group of people. During the seminar I noticed that I really liked one of the speakers energy and presentation style. He kept on mentioning his time at Toastmasters. I have been a Toastmaster for 2 years and one thing I know about Toastmasters is that they are helpful and supportive people.

I decided to take advantage of this knowledge to ask him for a favor to help me with my upcoming contest. When explaining my Toastmaster background I told him how I made it to District in Washington by mostly using emotion and excitement. It turns out that he wanted to show people the power of using emotion in speeches. He had an exercise he runs with people where you act like a Sunday Evangelical preacher. Starting all sentences with “Oh my brothers and sisters…”

My first thought when I was asked was, “OK, yea, sounds like fun.” Then as I sat down the nervousness sat in. There were two hundred people in that audience and I wanted to impress them. What if I get up there and panic? What if I fail?

Then the answer came to me. “If you are going to fail, fail gloriously.”

My inner voice was right. For one, I know what to do when I feel nervous. Do you want to know what to do when you feel nervous? Here is what I do. Well I will write that in tomorrow’s blog.

For two, the most important action for me to do is to do it. There are only two outcome categories. A celebration or a teaching opportunity. Either I am going to celebrate doing a great job or I am going to learn from the experience.

Not only did I decide that I was going to go all out and not hold back at all. I decided that the first line is going to be how I was nervous and how if I was going to fail, I was going to fail gloriously. The crowd erupted when I proclaimed at the top of my lungs, “If I am going to fail, I am going to fail gloriously!”

Going all out felt so good. When you are in a situation where you might fail, go all out. You will either have a great time like I did or you will find a great life lesson. Not only that you will extend your comfort zone. If you are going to fail, fail gloriously.

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Inspirational Life Coach Brett Dupree (233 Posts)

Internationally certified life coach through inviteCHANGE, Brett Dupree envisions a powerful future in which people live in pure joy. He believes that there is a great transformation just around the corner and he coaches people on how to use passion and inspiration to ride the powerful wave of awakening that is sweeping this world. Brett has dedicated his life to the study of personal empowerment. He believes that real lasting change comes from changing from the inside out. Working with you one-on-one, Brett helps you listen to your inner voice to reach your goals with passion, inspiration and ease . He creates a sacred space that allows you clients to bask in the joy of creation. He will help you find peace and balance in their lives so you can transform yourself into a self leader. Using the power of intentions, the Law of Attraction and his deep loving powerful heart he helps his clients gain miraculous results.


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  1. Caro Ness

    I couldn't agree with you more! And it's fair to say that we usually learn more from our disasters, than our triumphs!

  2. Caro Ness

    I couldn't agree with you more! And it's fair to say that we usually learn more from our disasters, than our triumphs!

  3. Shine On Dawn

    I agree Brett with the essence of what you are saying, although I avoid the words 'fail' and 'mistake'. Getting uncomfortable is a good way of stretching our capabilities. I can visualize myself sitting in that audience giving you a big clap and smile.

  4. Eleanor

    I agree! “Going all out felt so good. When you are in a situation where you might fail, go all out. You will either have a great time like I did or you will find a great life lesson. Not only that you will extend your comfort zone. If you are going to fail, fail gloriously.”

  5. Hale

    Epic Fail is the only way to go! I’m reminded of one of my favorite truism. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford

    Regards,
    Dr. Hale

  6. Liz Shaw

    I love Toastmasters, and one of the reasons I love it is because it is a safe place to fail gloriously. Great post!

  7. Joyous Expansion

    beautiful reminder on the importance of words.

    Shine, I can imagine you on stage inspiring us all! 🙂

  8. Joyous Expansion

    beautiful reminder on the importance of words.

    Shine, I can imagine you on stage inspiring us all! 🙂

  9. Janice

    I hate speaking in public, sometimes it’s easy to think you are the only one who is nervous 🙂 Look forward to finding out what you do when you are nervous 🙂

  10. Francene Stanley

    I love this apporach. Nerves can get the better of even a confident person. I remember when a photographer came to my home from a local newspaper. My legs felt like jelly and I couldn’t think straight. One has to wonder why this reaction occurs. All the same, next time, I’ll roar out my nervousness.

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