“Never look back unless you’re planning to go that way” – Henry David Thoreau
Man oh man, am I familiar with failure. I’ve failed more times than I can even count. It would be an entire blog post alone and then some, just to try to remember all the times I’ve hit road blocks, stumbled, taken a wrong turn, said the wrong thing, said yes when I should have said no, said no when I should have said yes. You get the idea.
I’m sure you probably have had a similar experience. How do I know this? Because failure is inevitable. There is not a single person on this earth that is immune to failure. However, there is a fundamental difference between the folks who find success and those that will never get there and that is….how do they handle the failures they see in life?
Failure is not a bad thing. It’s taken me years to realize that more often than not, failure is my friend. It’s kind of crazy to say that, right? But hear me out. A good friend will keep your ego in check, knock you down a few pegs when you get too big for your britches and serve you up a nice slice of humble pie when they think you’re hungry for it (and even sometimes when you’re not!)
Failure is THAT friend.
The one that reminds us that we aren’t perfect, but worthy of the effort. We still have a lot to learn. That’s an amazing thing!! <— Worthy of two exclamation marks kind of amazing. Knowing that we have room to grow and the need to learn things is a sure fire way to keep us motivated and moving in the right direction – towards our goals!
Sometimes, my good friend failure will often remind me that it’s time to refocus my attention by quickly pointing out what I’m good at and what I’m not so good at.
Here comes that piece of humble pie my friend likes to serve me..…
While it’s great to try new things, it’s important to remember that you’re not going to be good at everything. Refocus your attention on where your strengths are and outsource where they are not. No one has ever found success solely on their own – it takes a team of people with one goal or objective in mind, yet all with different skill sets to keep the wheels of success in motion.
The moral of the story is when we stop looking at failure as this big bad scary enemy, we are able to progress past where we are today.
In fact, it’s the ONLY way to move forward.
To Your Success,