What is failure? Can we say goodbye to it in our lives?
According to Dictionary.com failure is the act of failing. To fail is to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, or desired. If failure is an act and an act is an event with a beginning and an end it simply means that failure is temporary in nature. Once failure has occurred, it is already behind you. We can consciously decide to say goodbye to the negative emotions that come from failure in our lives by simply re-defining how we see failure in our lives. How? Read on!
Have you ever failed? This question is simply asking you if you have ever attempted something where you did not obtain the results you expected or desired and I think it is fair to say that if you are older than 1, you have failed in numerous occasions.
So why are so many people afraid of failure? So afraid that many times it stops them from taking action in the direction of their dreams; other times they stay somewhere where they are unfulfilled because they believe they could not succeed or in other words they would fail if they attempted to go elsewhere. Further problems arise when people dwell on failure or they associate the event of failure with who they are.
The reality is that failure IS NOT a part of who we are IT IS an event and a perfectly normal part of our journey in life.
It is said that the bigger the goals, the bigger the hurdles we will have to overcome and the bigger the failures we will have to endure. Winston Churchill once said that “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” In everything I have read and everyone I have met that has reached a high level of success and fulfillment I see one underlying principle: The successful and fulfilled are very acquainted with failure; individuals unacquainted with failure are probably unacquainted with success.
What can we learn from this? Simply this, do not let fear of failure stop you from moving forward confidently in the direction of your dreams. The human spirit is never broken when is temporarily defeated by failure … it is when it surrenders to it. Our feeling of failure never lies in a circumstance not going our way; it lies in us believing it is permanent or a reflection of who we are.
Become well acquainted with failure; make it your new friend. Take advantage of every failure, learn from it and use it as a stepping stone in your stair case to success.
Accepting these ideas as truth will empower you to no longer be brought down by the circumstances life will bring but instead choosing to accept them for what they are and carrying on because your goals and dreams are much more important…!