DCL 5.4 Instruction | If at First You Do Succeed, Try Something Harder

In this DCL module, the sessions presented by Tom Atema do not entirely follow the notes.  Tom decided to share on the subject of ‘Failing Forward’ from his own experience. The video has been included in full to use at your discretion.


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


The willingness to take risks is a major key to significant accomplishment. If you are reaching all your goals, you may need bigger goals that will require you to take risks. The road to the next level is always uphill; you won’t coast there. Conversely, if you never seem to achieve your goals, you may be playing it safe. Once again, you must be willing to take greater risks.

Review the Steps for Failing Forward

1.  Realise there is one major difference between average people and achieving people.

2.  Learn a new definition of failure.

3.  Remove the “you” from failure.

4.  Take action and reduce your fear.

5.  Change your reponse to failure by accepting responsibility.

6.  Don’t let the failure on the outside penetrate to the inside of you.

7.  Say good-bye to yesterday.

8.  Change yourself, and your world changes.

9.  Get over yourself and start giving yourself to others.

10. Find the benefit in every bad experience.

11. If at first you do succeed, try something harder.




Think about the next big goal or chal­lenge before you. Write down your plan for reaching the goal.


Review your plan to see if you have included enough risks. Where and how could you stretch yourself in order to reach the next level?


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