Can Failure Be a Good Thing?

You have a goal something you really want and things don’t go right.  Then What?  Do you fold and give up your dreams or figure out how to regroup?

Fold up and “Host a Pity Me Party”? Not an option for me.

So how do we figure out how to regroup? Think on your end goal and your plan and the process you used to make your attempt.  Analyze it just as if you were watching a sports instant replay and answer these questions.  Don’t play the blame game or the “if only’s”!  Actually analyze the process – take the time it is worth it.

  • Is your end goal reasonable and attainable in the time frame you gave it?
  • Where did you start to notice a faltering in your path?
  • Was there a piece of information or training you were missing?
  • Were you sending yourself “failure” messages – setting yourself up for failure?

Perhaps your goal is very worthwhile to you and reasonable and attainable, but… 

  • You need more time than you allotted because you needed more information, tools, training to complete the task.
  • You were of the mind set of watering weeds as well as flowers in your mental garden?

Positive thought patterns of focusing on the end goal while working on the process of working the plan is the way to go.

Having a goal and failing and then regrouping is the same as a baby learning to walk.

  • How many times does the baby pull himself up on a piece of furniture or Dad’s pant leg and sit down quickly?
  • How many times does the baby take a step holding on to furniture letting go and plopping down quickly?
  • How many times does the baby topple over before walking to where he wants to go?
  • And, how many times does he stumble and fall before he can take off and run?
  • The answer to the above is: “As many times as needed to reach the goal of running.”

Take a lesson from the little ones in our lives.  Strive for our goal, fall, regroup, pick ourselves up and have another go. Like the baby striving to become a toddler keep going and focus on the process and learn from mistakes.

Always get up one more time than you fall and you will succeed.

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“Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.” Charles J. Givens