When we experience a failure, it can often feel like we aren’t good enough, can’t overcome it, and should just give up. Simply put, we throw ourselves a pity party. But what is crucial to understand is that failures are simply a chapter, there’s still more to the story if we choose for there to be. They create the backstory for breakthrough and transformation.
In fact, failures are often the turning point that put us on the pathway to success.
So, what is failure?
In a nutshell, failure is what we feel when we haven’t met expectations. Whether they be expectations we set for ourselves, our bosses set, or even our families set, facing failure means that we did not live up to those standards, and instead, fell between the cracks. And truthfully, failure can hurt. It causes heartache, pain, and discouragement. But it can also foster growth, appreciation, and opportunity to bounce back. It simply depends on how you approach it.
When experiencing failure, it is vital that we face it head on. Own your shortcomings, your mess ups, and your faults. Only then can you truly know where you are so you can then focus on where you need to go. Did an important work deadline completely slip your mind? Did you not adequately prepare for that organization meeting? Own it. Don’t back yourself into a wall, don’t run off and wallow. Don’t push blame onto others. Take responsibility for your actions, or lack of actions, and create a plan for moving forward.
That is how you set yourself up for a redemptive win.
Failure helps us grow
It also makes the successes even more rewarding. When we’ve experienced the pain of failure and have put in the work to overcome it, embracing a win is so much more gratifying than had we not faced the difficulties to get there. Failure is simply a part of the story, and no story is complete without the triumph over trials.
If there is a failure you’re facing right now, we want to encourage you to not back down.
There is success waiting for you over the hill, you simply must march forth over it. Look at this failure as a chance to dig deep, push through, and overcome. We believe in you. Now it’s time to believe in yourself.
Has a failure propelled you into a win? Let us know!