One of the hardest things to overcome is the fear of failure. Let’s be honest.  Many people play it safe, never moving forward in their personal and professional lives.

As the CEO of a youth-serving organization, one of my goals and the goals of our organization is to give youth the confidence to step out of their comfort zone to try something new. By providing age-appropriate opportunities and experiences for children to learn, we help them build confidence in themselves.

Why encourage children to take risks? It builds a lifetime of success for them. Taking risks helps children feel a sense of accomplishment when they reach their goal; they build new skills, and they learn to become more creative as they learn to problem solve ways to succeed. More importantly, they learn that failure is part of the process.

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Failure is always hard to deal with, whether you are 5 years old or 40 years old. How you deal with setbacks determines how successful you are in the future.  Individuals who take risks, fail, and try again, are certainly more likely to be successful in the future.  Why? Because the feeling of pride and accomplishment of success fuels them to take on new challenges and better themselves.

As star hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

As your children find themselves facing new situations or challenges, let them know they are supported and their willingness to stretch their boundaries is more important than the outcome.  And as adults, we must step out of our comfort zones every once in a while, to embrace the new and unknown so we too can grow.