One trait that many successful people have in common is the belief that there is no such thing as failure. Successful people tend to think more along the lines of results and outcomes. This single difference in thinking can be the difference between being successful in life and not being so.

Why is this single alternative way of thinking so powerful? Well first, ask yourself what you would do if you could not fail at anything. Probably a great deal more things that you are currently doing. You might start investigating that business idea you had, start studying for another degree, put yourself forward for the promotion at work and so on. Have a think now, what things would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

You see often people's own fear of failure is one of their main barriers to starting a new venture so they never really get off the starting grid. They are so scared about what their friends or colleagues will say or think of their new venture and even more so of how ashamed they will feel if they do fail that they would instead rather stay doing what they are doing...and changing precisely nothing in their lives.

So, how can we get over this fear of failure and turn it into a useful coherent strategy that will ensure success in the future, rather than let it dictate our future to us. Well, what if instead of seeing something that you term 'failure' and instead term it is an 'outcome' or 'result'. Firstly, the words alone sound a great deal more encouraging, but the real magic is the fact that these outcomes can instead be seen as signposts to success. I mean now you know exactly what you shouldn't do, you can easily correct it and change it for a repeat attempt.

We all know the story of Thomas Edison and his attempts to create the light bulb. After many attempts to do so he merely stated that he had discovered 10,000 ways not to invent the lightbulb and continued unperturbed. Each attempt in turn led him closer to his goal and we now all benefit from his positive thinking approach today.

Thomas Edison is a classic example but there are so many ways this approach can be adopted by all of us in everyday life. A sales representative can keep cold calling and learning from each and every unsuccessful call, so instead of thinking of the fact they have failed to make another sale they can think, well I learned what approach doesn't work for selling this type of product so I know that I need to change something to create more interest. After the next outcome they can then modify there technique further and further until they make a sale and can then copy this successful pattern again.

Of course it certainly can take time to generate a successful outcome but end results will always be being produced in your life because you are constantly creating your future whether you consciously choose to do so or not. Wouldn't it therefore be more satisfying to be in control of your own future and outcomes and persevere, take notice of feedback that you gain and improve on what you are doing, until you attain the results that you set out for?

The majority of major achievements in the world have been made possible by just this process. Was Mount Everest climbed at the first attempt? No certainly not, indeed the first expedition was in 1921 but it wasn't climbed until 1953 when a ninth British expedition including New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal reached the summit on 29 May 1953. Did they benefit from the outcomes and results of all the other expeditions to date. Of course they did, they took the positive aspects of the previous trips and used them to make yet another attempt with subtle changes.

So, why use this positive thinking approach? Because it has proven to work and will continue to do so for anyone who wishes to use it... and that can include you too! You don't have to be climbing Everest or inventing lightbulbs to make use of its power. You can apply it to any goal in your life and their will be know need for you to fear failure! Because now you know it doesn't exist. In fact get your dictionary and take it out of there right now. You are now free to go ahead and take control of the results you will create in your life!

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Author Tim Ryan provides FREE guidance and training on the power of positive thinking. Discover inspiring positive thinking articles, profiles, tips and more by simply clicking: Positive Thinking or Positive Affirmations now.