Failure is not a bad thing so why is it the end of 2017 and as I reflect back on the year and I realize I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to in 2017,
So now, I am sitting here thinking, what a loser, you should have worked harder, worked smarter, sacrificed more, had easier goals. You will never succeed. It isn't in your blood, give up now!
STOP RIGHT THERE! (I got to know right now before we go any further do you love me? Oh wait sorry, Meatloaf popped into my head, squirrel moment)
Just because you had a nice timeline of how things were supposed to work out yet living in reality and in the real world has derailed those plans doesn't mean you are behind or a failure.
First, let me explain failure.
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely. Except for some reason, we have deemed the word failure as a bad thing.
When did that happen? When did we decide that when we try something and don't succeed that we are failures?
I don't know about you, but there are many things I never get right the first time. OK, let's be honest sometimes I never get them right.
Just because you didn't succeed with your purpose, your plan, your action doesn't mean all is lost and you are by no means a failure. Now you have a valuable lesson learned and the opportunity to start over with more knowledge than before. With hopes of a different outcome.
You see successful people fail all the time, the key is that successful people keep moving, pushing through their disappointments and failures to figure out ways to succeed.
So next time you think you failed, look at it as an opportunity to do better next time.
Here are some quotes about failure. Be sure to look at who said them.
"I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong."-Ben Franklin
What about Robert Kennedy?
"Only those you dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."-Robert Kennedy
Do you remember Winston Churchill?
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts."
I think it is safe to say that the people I mentioned above all had success and we all recognize their names. But as you can see by their quotes they to also had struggles. The only reason we know of these names is that they changed their actions and pushed through their failures to achieve success.
Can you imagine what life would be like it Ben Franklin gave up ever time he failed? No bifocals, lightning rods, Franklin stove, odometer.
What do you think HIstory would look like if Winston Churchill decided to just give in and give up?
So quit sulking just because things didn't go the way you planned, and move forward.
Let's take our disappointments and turn them into accomplishment.
Here is a new year full of lessons and one last quote.
"Your dreams don't have expiration dates. Take a deep breathe and try again."