It’s OK to fail, as long as you learn and grow from your failures.
Last summer, I joined with some ladies in a challenge. The challenge included accountability and encouragement, just like this challenge does, and I was ready to ace the challenge.
I set my goals high, and I jumped in head first.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and within a week, I found myself struggling to stay afloat.
The encouragement and accountability were great, but they weren’t enough. You see, I had bitten off too large a bite, and I needed someone to come alongside me and tell me that it was OK to fail.
Had I known that it was OK to fail, I wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmed and discouraged. I would have been able to admit my failures and learn from them. I would have been able to get help in setting better goals – more practical goals – that I could build on each month.
I’ve since learned that it’s OK to fail. And I’ve learned from my failures. One of the things I’ve learned is to set goals based on my current season of life. When life is busy and chaotic (some seasons are busier than others), I set smaller goals or don’t set any goals at all. Sometimes I just need to step back and focus on surviving the season rather than adding another thing to my plate.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by your failure to make your goals reality?
Is life so overwhelming that you can’t possibly add yet another goal to your to-do list?
#1 – Admit failure.
It’s okay to fail. Nobody will look down on you for it. In fact, the admission of failure is to be commended!
#2 – Figure out why you failed.
Was the goal too big for the deadline you set? Did life get in the way? Are you in a busy season of life and perhaps need to step back from pursuing your goals?
#3 – Learn from your failure.
What could you do differently next time? How will you proceed in the future? What will you avoid?
#4 – Grow from your failure.
If you never move past the point of failure, then you have truly found yourself in a deep hole. Failure is a necessary part of life, but we can’t stay focused on the failures. We must pick ourselves up and move forward, using the failure as motivation to succeed!
Don’t be discouraged by failure – grow from it!
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