Failure is the Path to Success

Hello and happy Friday everyone!  I hope you were able to get a little extra sleep with the hour we were gifted by the time change.

This week I was thinking about the role that failure plays in our lives.  To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the word failure and prefer instead to think about those moments as opportunities for growth.  Because if we let them, that is exactly what they are.  That said, I will be using the word “failure” today, as a way to help us all become more comfortable with this concept.  I truly believe that we cannot be successful without being open to and even embracing the fact that it’s our failures that often lead the the way.

In the article Embracing Failure on the Path to Success, the author writes, “An unemotional relationship with failure is a contributing factor to why some people succeed.”  I believe this idea is very important to understand in order to remove fear of failure (which is many times a contributing factor in perfectionism-based procrastination).  The key is to recognize that failure does not mean that you as a person are failure.  It simply means that you did not get your desired outcome in a particular task that existed in an isolated moment.  Does that make sense?  It’s the difference between calling yourself “failure” and saying “I have failed at something.”

When it is a “thing” we have failed at vs. “being a failure”, we then have the ability to look at the result or circumstances and assess what we can do to get a different outcome (i.e. succeed) next time.

This week I want to challenge you to shift your perspective.  When you are tempted to call yourself failure, think instead about what can you learn from the experience that can help you do it better next time.

If you have had any experiences of seeing a failure lead to a wonderful breakthrough, please share it with us in the comments section below.

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