How many blog posts, e-coures, webinars and e-newsletters have you seen promoting ways to be successful? Even right here, on this blog, I’m a huge proponent of inspiring others to become their most successful self. I love setting goals, and then creating plans to see them through. But how often do we discuss the elephant in the room? That big, looming cloud that we are always told to run from? I’m talking about failure.
One of my biggest lessons/takeaways from 2013 was this: Failures happen. BUT, they can only carry as much weight as you allow them to, and aren’t as life shattering as we make them seem.
Some of the most brilliant minds out there have failed a class or two. Some of the most creative and successful businesses experienced failure before they hit smooth seas. If you allow yourself to sink, sulk and sigh every time you fail, you’re taking time away from focusing on your come back!
So let’s call a spade a spade, and shed some truth about failure.
01. Failure does NOT define you.
02. Failures don’t have to be permanent things.
03. They are absolutely not the end of the world.
04. You can still work towards accomplishing other goals. Don’t let one set back break your focus from all of the good you can still do!
05. You cannot fix everything. Accept the fact that some things are just out of your control.
06. More than likely, you will fail again. And that’s okay.
07. You will be okay. Promise.
08. Are you still alive? Uninjured? In good health? Then cheer up a bit, because your failure probably wasn’t as bad as you think.
09. Failing at something does not mean that you aren’t meant to do it.
10. YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!!!
Failing at something means that you were courageous enough to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. It means that you were bold and daring, and did something that other people in your shoes would have run away from. The only way to truly fail at something is to never try anything.
So brush it off, pick yourself up and give it another go. I promise, failure feels so much better than the constant feeling of “what-if” you have when you never try anything.