Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend, and one thing that came up was this idea of failure. The word itself seems pretty harsh. Right? It’s always been a negative thing.
“No one wants to fail. It just doesn’t sound like fun.”
Well, that’s true. I wouldn’t put failure into the “fun” category. But you know what?
Sometimes failure is necessary.
You might fail at one thing in order to succeed with another. Or perhaps there is a lesson to be learned? Or a new leaf to be overturned? There is always something that you can “get” from a lack of success. You just have to figure out what it is.
Failure is not for nothing. It is for something.
So, the next time you make a mistake or feel that F word creeping up behind you, use these five simple steps to move on from failure…
We Need Quiet Time by Alli Coate
1. Examine. You need to take control of this situation. Take some time to examine what’s really going on. Whether its just a moment or a few hours.
2. Get lost. If you don’t allow yourself to get lost, how will you ever find your way back? Find a place where you can get lost in your thoughts. It should be a place you feel safe, comfortable, and even inspired.
3. Talk it out. Think away. Let your mind be free. And ask the tough questions… Why do I feel like I failed? What was it that I didn’t accomplish? What led me to this place? Did I give it my all? What is the next step?
4. Let it go. Now, let it all go. Accept the past and choose to move forward to your future, even if you feel like some things were left unresolved. Choose to leave your past mistakes and failures behind. Bring what you’ve learned with you, and leave the rest.
5. Climb the next mountain. But, most importantly of all… Once that negativity has been drained, never forget to dream big once again. There are other mountains to climb and fish to fry. You will succeed, but you have to keep trying.
What thoughts do you have to share regarding failure?
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