When was the last time you failed at something?
This isn’t a question I like to think about often… because it’s not a fun experience to revisit. While the level of sucky-ness can range from mildly embarrassing to utterly heartbreaking, it definitely never feels good. So It’s not surprising that most of us (DEFINITELY ME) do our best avoid the topic all-together. Whether It’s thinking about our past mistakes or potentially making new ones, we usually want nothing to do with the subject. And why would we? It’s not a pleasant matter to dwell on.
But what if there’s something to gain from the experience of failing? I was having a conversation about this recently and it struck me how often I only consider the negative side of my mistakes. How about the benefits I’ve gotten out of my failures though? Figuring out that I can indeed get back up after falling flat on my face, realizing that I can always keep trying, and recognizing that there’s more than one way to get to the same place are all lessons that came out of making mistakes… sometimes the same ones over and over.
There is so much value we could take out of our biggest mistakes… if we have the courage to make them.
And if we’re willing to look back at those mistakes through the lenses of compassion and wisdom, we can release the shame and walk away with even more courage and confidence in ourselves.
Failure isn’t an ending. It’s the beginning of our growth.
Building our capacity to make mistakes and learn from them is a big part of what leads us to success… an unpleasant, yet vital part of the process.
As much as I’d love to be perfect at everything the first time I try, the truth is that the imperfect attempts are good for me. They help me to practice choosing my curiosity over fear and take chances. And that willingness to take chances usually leads to even more opportunities.
Yes, failing sucks. But It’s also kind of great. And, these days, I’m working on finding the goodness in my mistakes.
So I’ll ask my question again – when was the last time YOU failed at something? And what was one positive thing that came out of that experience? I’d love to hear in a comment below this post or in an email.
Peace and blessings,
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