50% Is, in Fact, a Passing Grade

You may think that the most successful people in the world never make a mistake and ace everything that they set out to do. However, this is not the case. In fact, some professionals, such as basketball players, only succeed 50% of the time and are still considered to be the best in the world.

If you are constantly striving to succeed and you never want to have room for improvement, however, that probably means that you are not taking any chances. People often fail at a business venture and consider themselves to be a failure overall in life, but this is certainly not the case. If you are correct and successful 100% of the time, you are not venturing out of your comfort zone and into your zone of possible genius to experience that extra level of success.

Instead, if you take risks for being successful, you are putting yourself out there to possibly do something out of the ordinary.

So, while we see professional athletes playing a game and to us it looks like they are just having fun, we are failing to see the amount of work and practice that goes into their professional career. With this practice comes a lot of failure and trial and error before they are able to get things right and be good at what they do when it counts the most.

When you stay in your comfort zone, things are relatively effortless. While you may be working and you may be successful, you are not reaching or stretching your boundaries. You may succeed at most of the things that you attempt to do, but stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone can ultimately allow you to take bigger risks and grow to achieve bigger and better things. If you remain in comfort zone, you will not unlock your full potential or achieve your greatest capabilities. Comfort often leads to laziness, complacency, and mediocrity.

Outside of your comfort zone is the place where you can move into the area where you're most likely to experience great success. While you don't have to make large and unattainable goals, you can make smaller goals that will lead to something bigger in the long run.

Sure, you will come across frustration and challenges. You will be facing a struggle as you try to navigate new territories. You may attempt something and only be 40% successful. But that is ok.

For example, maybe you are trying to publish a book and you want it to be extremely successful and end up on the best sellers list. However, once it hits the shelves of the bookstore, hardly anyone buys it and it ends up gathering dust on the floor of donation boxes for the few people who did buy the book.

This does not mean that you failed. You succeeded at stepping out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there to have the opportunity for success. Regardless of the fact that the success did not come at that exact time does not mean that you did not set yourself up for some sort of success in the future.

Maybe you will experience confusion or be overwhelmed, scramble every day to wonder how you will find success in the future. During these times, it is important to remember to carry on and not try to run away.

In the future, set your goals in a way that you expect to be successful only 50% of the time. This will keep you working hard and force you to continue to experience new things outside of your comfort zone.

Remember, if success comes to you so easily that you always achieve it, you are not challenging yourself or growing as a person or a professional. Keep trying new things and practicing your craft to continue to get better. There is always room for improvement.

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