You are going to fail this year. You are going to fail at a goal, or at a commitment, or on a promise you made. It’s not a possibility, it’s a for sure thing. But if it makes you feel any better, I’m going to fail too.
How do I know this, you’re wondering? Because I’m just that wise. I’m kidding…it’s because we all fail. We actually all fail more regularly than we think. Even more than we succeed.
And yet, failure is still one of people’s biggest fears. It certainly was one of mine.
With failure, there often comes humiliation. No one wants to be humiliated. No one wants everyone to see and know that they failed at the big thing they’ve been working on and talking about for far too long.
No one wants to put in all of that time and effort on something, just to have it not work out.
Failure sounds horrible, doesn’t’ it? It sounds like something you should avoid experiencing. It’s definitely something to dread!
But is it really?
What if I told you that, without failure, you’ll never achieve success.
Ponder that for a moment.
If you think about it, you can never achieve success, if you aren’t trying to. If you’re failing at something, that means you’re at least trying to succeed at something.
Be proud of that! Because there are a lot of people sitting on the sidelines wishing for things, but making no actual moves. I know this, because I used to be on the sidelines with them!
Failing, is a sign that you are trying to be successful.
Also, failure teaches us things. If you avoid failure, you avoid learning.
Through failure, I have learned some of the most important and wisest things that have helped me over the course of my life. And have helped me in future successes.
I’ve learned through failure that:
- Being a good parent doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes; it means you keep trying to be your best, for yourself and your children, because you love them.
- I am not the sum of my mistakes, faults, or weaknesses. I am a person of value, even when I mess up.
- Perfectionism should never be the goal. That your best, is enough.
- If I fail at something, it never means it’s the end. I can always get back up, and try again, and again, and again.
Allow failure to teach you lessons, and help you grow in knowledge and character.
Because without growth in knowledge and character, success will always be something you’re reaching for, but never actually obtain.
So, like I said, you are going to fail this year.
But it turns out, failure isn’t something to dread after all.
Instead of allowing it to be one of your fears any longer, choose to embrace it. Recognizing that it means you are at least trying to succeed; and learn from it, because it has so much to teach you.
So, get up and go fail!
No, I’m just kidding again! Our aim is always success; but at least now we know failure doesn’t have to be our enemy.
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