Failure is fine

Gaps are fine...you\'re not expected to be perfect straight away (photo by bosela)

We don’t want to fail, but when we do, we have a couple of choices:

  1. The winners choose to engage with failure and use it to do better next time.
  2. The losers walk away, deflated.  Future attempts either don’t happen at all, or are focused on the thought that they are likely to fail.

You may think that it failed once before, so it’s likely to go wrong again.  Rubbish!  If it failed once, you’ve had an experience of the situation to make you stronger for the future.

This is a common trait in successful people.  They bounce back, no matter how hard the fall, no matter how harsh the setback.  Because they know it takes time to get through.  None of us are perfect, so why do so many of us expect to achieve perfection from the outset?

Initial perfection can be summed up as one thing:

LUCKY!

If you get all you want after a single attempt, you’re lucky.  That luck may stem from stumbling upon something and being in the right place at the right time, or it might come from a combination of situations that you will never understand and never be able to emulate.

In other words, NEVER FEAR FAILURE.  It’s normal, it’s to be expected, and it’s healthy.

Investing in failure helps confidence to build.  Instead of seeing 9 fails out of 10, we should concentrate on the 1 success out of 10 that brings in what we need.

Most of us have the sense to stop when something is taking too much time to be worth continuing with, but we’re not yet all equiped with the sense to carry on when there’s still time to reach our goal.

Don’t give up after failure.  With each fail, you’re one step closer to success.