If you’re a dreamer, entrepreneur, an ambitious person or even just a regular person, there’s one word that we all try to avoid at all costs. It’s not ‘delays’ or even ‘setback’. The word, rather, the feeling, we all dread is – failure. Growing up, we’re taught that failure is a bad. Something likened to losers. A missed opportunity or lack of application. Failed business, relationship, course, loan application. The list is endless.
Though some of that is often true, what we’re not taught, and what we have to learn ourselves within our journeys, is that failure is actually a good thing; if utilised correctly. You see, when looking at it from a positive mindset, what failure really is, is an opportunity to start again. A chance to renew yourself, your ideas, and/or your execution. How many times have you failed at something, only to dust yourself and try again? The renewed determination and belief pushing you to achieve a better outcome. Having it all given to you is sometimes the worst thing you can experience because complacency sneaks in and can cause you to lose focus.
Now, not everyone will view things like this. For some, failure can be soul crushing and confidence shattering. It can damage their vision and send them on a negative spiral of self-doubt and pity. If you find yourself in this position, it’s important to look at how far you’ve come and trust in your direction. No setback or condition is permanent. Victory comes from being knocked down and getting back up to win. That’s what true adversity and triumph are. And you have it in abundance; you just have to search for it within yourself.
Failure is something we all try to avoid like the plague. However, if you’re moving forward toward your purpose, it’s inevitable that you’ll fail at something; big or small. No person, rich or poor, has gone through life without failing. You can’t succeed all of the time, no matter how much you plan and prepare. There’s always going to be something or someone greater than you in business, love and life in general. God will put you in certain situations to test your resolve, and push you to be become a better person. Your task is to remain focused and strong in failure and use the setbacks as learning experiences to grow and improve your hunger and desire.
I’ve failed plenty of times. So much so that I can’t even remember all of them as they’ve been so many. And I’ve certainly experienced self-pity; feeling sorry for myself when things didn’t go my way. But what I learned about myself is that I’m stronger after the recovery. I am greater than any obstacle in front of me. Once I analysed what went wrong, and how I could have approached the situation or opportunity better, I was able to pick myself back up (with the help of those around me) each and every time, and try again; determined to succeed.
Life is full of risks (following your dreams, taking that job, pursuing that person) so all you can do is work hard and try your best. Always. Everything else is in God’s hands and timing.
Here are some takeaways to help you:
- You only fail when you fail to pick yourself up from a setback
- Every negative is a positive in disguise – you just need to look deep enough.
- Use your failed attempts as a blueprint for future success.
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P.S. No matter what you’re going through, remember #YouCanGetThroughThis.