I always listen to my gut – and you? For some reason I felt compelled to write this post now, rather than tomorrow – almost as if there is someone out there who needs this message urgently. Call me strange, but I’ve learned to go with the flow on these things. So here is my message.
I don’t like the word failure. I hear it used so often, and I watch as people tear themselves down – bright, successful, tenacious people. I hear it used as a weapon to destroy others and hurt them. Sometimes, I hear it used in situations as a reason for giving up.
I thought, I’m going to deconstruct this word, failure, and the mindset it puts in place! So, off I go to better acquaint myself with words. Failure means to be unsuccessful at something. Ok, what is success? Success is a favorable outcome. Ok, so what is favorable? Favorable is characterized by approval or support. Really???? Approval? Whose approval?
Are you judging yourself or a situation as a failure because of how you see it, or are you allowing the perception of others to determine it?
It is what you believe it is, and you are what you believe you are!
If you choose to see something in the shadow of that “f” word, whether it’s you, your work, a relationship or a venture, then you have tainted an opportunity for your learning, growth and development. Have you ever thought about it that way before? It’s true.
Your perception can leave you discouraged and prejudiced to believe that you will continue to fail if you try again – but only if you let it. If you choose to see unfavorable results as an opportunity to learn what worked and what didn’t, you can refocus and move forward with new information and a new perspective. Like many things in life – it’s all up to you. Just because you didn’t get the results you wanted the first time, does not mean you or it failed. It just means you need to try again, with that new information and an adjusted plan.
Step into your greatness:
Change your perception and change your world – take back your power against that “f” word and watch your lens about unfavorable results begin to focus on new opportunities to learn and grow!