Do you tend to celebrate your failures or try to forget them as soon as possible?
I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years but each one has taught me a valuable lesson. Now, each time I ‘fail’ I celebrate. I celebrate the lesson I’ve learnt and the fact that I am one step closer to my version of success.
Here are some of my best failures…
I was engaged to the wrong man. Epic fail, although it taught me what I really valued in a relationship and what I would and would not accept.
I drove tired, fell asleep at the wheel and nearly got a one way ticket to heaven. Epic fail, although I learnt that no matter how close to home you are, if you are tired, pull over!
I thought I could function on 4 hours sleep a night. Epic fail, although I found out that adrenalin wasn’t endless and now I need to rest to find success.
I thought I could have a career I didn’t enjoy just for the money. Epic fail, although it taught me that success and happiness cannot be found in a bank account.
I thought I would start my business and everything would be a huge success from the get go. Epic fail, business is hard but finding your sweet spot can be pure joy.
I thought I could figure everything out in my head. Epic fail, we must learn through action and listening to what our heart really wants.
I thought failure was fatal. Epic fail, it can be one of the best experiences you’ll ever have.
‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.’ – Winston Churchill
You have to fail to succeed.
Can you see the pattern here? For each failure I have learnt a valuable lesson and came one step closer to living my best life.
Each failure is painful and it will take time to recover. The trick is to look at the lesson, rather than block it from your mind. I thank each and every one of my failures and each time I make a mistake I smile. Sure I may still curse, and sometimes even cry, but once the emotion has passed I take stock and think about what I can take away from it.
‘I’ve failed over and over and that is why I succeed.’ – Michael Jordan
Pick yourself up, dust off and ask why.
Sometimes you may think that when things don’t go your way, you’ve failed. Your big idea didn’t work or your last campaign was a flop. Pick yourself up, dust off and ask why.
Were you trying to do something for the wrong reason? Success follows service, not greed.
Were you listening to your head and not your heart? Your heart whispers your truth, and it’s your responsibility to listen.
Is there something better for you just around the corner? Be open to new opportunities and say yes even (especially) it when scares you.
‘I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’ – Thomas A. Edison
So my challenge to you is to look at your failures in a new light. What did they teach you? How can you be better next time?
Celebrate your failures and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your version of success. Remember, each failure is getting you closer to your version of success.
Don’t settle for where you are if it’s not where you want to be.