What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘failure?’ Do you get a sensation in a particular part of your body? Are you transported back to a time when you were little, vulnerable, overwhelmed or defeated?
For a nanosecond I pretty much have all of the above depending on my then current state of mind or circumstances. I suppose I have always had the mindset that if I’ve tried something new then how can I have failed?
Okay, so I may not have gotten the results I was hoping for but through trial and error, I gain valuable information that makes the end results better than I had originally predicted. In fact, I learn more when I have to dig deep and tap into my reserves and resources than I do when I ‘succeed’ the first time because the focus is on the prize so to speak rather than the how and the why.
Where would we be without failure? Think about it. All those people who have invented transportation, medicines and medical procedures, electronics/technology, building materials and so on and so forth because it pretty much covers everything we know and take advantage of today, have failed more times than we can imagine. And where would we be today without these failures?
Failure isn’t a dirty word. It builds grit, resilience, purpose, forward thinkers, innovators and persistence.
When I was teaching, I used to ask my students, ‘What have you failed at today?’ and we would celebrate the learning and gumption for stepping up and trying regardless of the initial outcome.
I remember when I mentioned that I was starting my own coaching business and I was told that I would fail as I have no business experience or qualifications. My response…I can learn and I will learn.
Has it been easy? A huge, ‘Hell no!’ Has it been full of learning with lots of small accomplishments? 100 per cent. I have grown in so many areas and met the most amazing people along the way (and there’s still a long way to go) that I would never have met if I had been afraid of failing, which by the way is their
definition, not mine.
So, my question to you is…what have you failed at today and let’s celebrate!
'There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.' Tony Robbins
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