Let's re-frame our perspective on failure. We often view it as the end of the road, a sign that we should give up, but what if we looked at it differently? What if failure wasn't a dead-end but rather a stepping stone? Picture this: Failure is not a sign that you're incapable or unworthy. It's a badge of honor that shows you dared to try and step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith. It's a testament to your courage and resilience. Moreover, each failure is an invaluable lesson, providing insight and knowledge that you wouldn't have otherwise gained. It's an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve. It's your stepping stone toward success. We actually learn much more from our failures than our successes - they actually accelerate our learning and road to success.
And if you take the time to reflect up on your failure without getting emotionally involved in it, you will find that there is something positive in it. It is not usually obvious - you have to look for it. In retrospect, we can see that a particular failure was necessary to our success, that it led us in the right direction, helped us learn something we needed in order to be successful in whatever endeavor we are striving for.
In his book You2, Price Pritchett has a chapter titled “Seek failure.” There is a good reason for it. When you seek failure, you push yourself beyond your normal limits, you get out of your comfort zone, and that is the only way you are going to get different results. If you stay in the safe zone, if you keep doing more of the same, don’t expect things to change. So go out and bet on yourself. Did you know that “If you send a rocket toward the moon, about ninety per cent of the time it’s off course – it fails its way to the moon by continually making mistakes and correcting them.” This is key! The more mistakes you make, the more failures you experience, the faster you can correct the course. Your job it is to believe in yourself, keep the faith and keep at it. And know this, failures are only temporary unless we stop trying and quit. That’s why I prefer to call them mistakes. So, let's celebrate our mistakes just as we celebrate our successes. After all, they are both essential parts of our journey. Remember, it's not about falling down. It's about getting back up, stronger and wiser than before. Every step you take, whether forward or backward, is progress – whether you realize it or not in the moment. It’s better to take a step and make a mistake than to not take action due to the fear of making mistakes. With the first one, you actually get a chance to correct the course and make your way to your goal, with the latter, you are stuck.
Today I invite you to take a new look at your mistakes and look at them from a different perspective: What have you learned from them and how is that serving you today?
What are you going to try tomorrow that you may be hesitant of doing due to the fear of failure? This could be the very thing that holds you back!
Choose to bet on yourself. Act as though it were impossible to fail and stretch yourself to do things you would have never done before!
If you want a hand to help you through that process and help you get to your goal – schedule a talk to see if coaching is right for you!
Lu Tandazo is a Transformational Mindset Coach-Proctor Gallagher Consultant dedicated to help you create the life and results you want.
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