Here is a my list of fifteen times when I believe that failure is not a bad thing:
- When we keep trying
- When we learn from the failure
- When the failure reveals something about ourselves that we did not know before
- When we learn something about someone else that we did not know before
- When the failure stretches us to do more than we thought we were capable
- When the failure shows us what we really want or care about
- When the failure shows us what we should pay attention to
- When the failure shows us a weakness
- When the failure shows us that we might want to rethink things
- When we learn that we need more preparation
- When we learn that we need to ask for help
- When the failure shows us how to be more teachable
- When we become stronger
- When we use the failure to teach others
- When the failure reveals the extent of our limits and where we can improve
No one enjoys failing at something we want to accomplish, but I believe that success is often just a long road that is bumpy with many failures along the way. It is how we choose to navigate the bumpy spots as we travel that will enrich or distract our lives.
Spend some time this week reflecting on your approach to the subject of failure. Are you open to the possibilities of what failure might teach you, or do you avoid anything that might prove unsuccessful? Does the possibility of failure keep you from attempting new things or working to accomplish a cherished life goal? How can you do things differently?
Happy failing this week!