“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned since publishing a book and embarking on a new career path, it’s that you really need to put yourself out there if it’s going to work. You need to go full tilt and hope for the best! Now, as exciting as this may sound, it does come with some challenges, the biggest one being the risk of failing at what you’ve set out to do. When you think of it, isn’t it failing at something everyone’s worst fear? Well, I used to think so, and then I came across some compelling information that would ultimately change my mind and, as a result, change the way I take on new challenges in both my personal and professional lives.
The first lesson I learned about failure came from a book I read by Amy Morin called 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. In her book, Morin champions certain key philosophies that are worth practicing daily:
• Embrace your mistakes by seeing them as what they truly are – LIFE’S BEST LEARNING EXPERIENCES.
• Objectively review your mistakes and then, be pro-active by charting a new course of action.
• Be mindful of the negative thoughts that pop into your head, sending you false messages and keeping you down.
• Focus on building new skills as opposed to showing them off and trying to prove yourself. The work must be inward to be truly rewarding.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
The next lesson came from a great video featuring Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx hosiery. In her captivating, short video, Blakely reminisces about her childhood and how her father always made sure to ask his children the same important question – “ What did you fail at today?” In other words, what did you learn from falling down and getting back up on your feet? For Blakely’s father, failure from trying to accomplish something or from moving out of your comfort zone meant more to him than any prizes or other honours. That really resonated with me and, at the same time, allowed me to develop a true sense of freedom!
Today, when I’m afraid of trying something new, I remind myself that if I “fail” or make a mistake, I will celebrate it and be grateful for the opportunity to thrive, no matter the challenges ahead!
What important lessons have you learned through “failure?”
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