It’s just after 10 this morning and I have already failed. Not once, but twice. I failed yesterday too. And the day before.
In fact, not a lot of days go by that I don’t have some sort of failure to add to my list.
And I’m okay with that.
My failures mount up on a long sheet that show things I tried for, attempted, even though they may be out of my reach. They are moments that I learned something new, about myself, or my process, or my business.
I am a true believer that we learn the most from our mistakes; which is probably why my terms and conditions sheet is SO LONG! Each one being a real life error that was made, and that forced me to learn from it.
So yes, I failed this morning. But I also experienced success. I had learnings, and rewards. My ego was pushed down, and also lifted up.
Failure, is only experienced by pushing ourselves OUT of our comfort zone and into new arenas. By forcing ourselves to try for something that we may or may not succeed at we are able to have growth and advancement far beyond our expectations. We test ourselves and our abilities day after day, especially when these attempts are successful.
I used to get anxious about my failures. I would feel the failure deep into my psyche. It used to stop me from wanting to try again as I felt that failure was more about me personally that anything else. But once I was able accept the failure, the defeat, I was able to see WHY, and then learn to improve it. When there seemed to be no reason I tossed it up to fate, trusting that as this door closed, another better, brighter door would open.
So, today, try something, even if it is out of your comfort zone. Even if you think you may fail. Try, fail, succeed, all of it, and learn. Push your boundaries, expand your opportunities and take risks with your confidence all the while assuring yourself that you will overcome.
And mostly, appreciate those failures, they are the scars that build your experiences and are the steps of the foundation that leads to your success.