For the first ever Motivation Monday, I want to discuss failure. In our fast-paced world, we are surrounded by constant pressure to achieve perfection. Our peers fear failure more than anything, and project those anxieties onto everyone around them. However, I believe that failure is a vital part of life, and essential to success.
Failure gets a bad rap because it is associated with feelings of inadequacy, regret, and disappointment. But what about the first-hand experience we gain when we fail, or the resilience we build? Michael Jordan, who is widely acknowledged as one of the best NBA players of all time, summarized this mentality when he said:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Failure is life’s teacher. It is a part of the journey towards success, and encourages us to keep pushing forth and striving to achieve greater things.
When we fail, it is so easy to give up. To pour another drink, or slash another cut. To tell ourselves that we’ve already broken our promises, and might as well keep going. This, of course, is a slippery slope.
The best way to cope with failure is to acknowledge it head-on. To be honest and tell ourselves that we have made a mistake, but can overcome it by continuing on the right path. A lapse in willpower or judgement does not define us, rather, it is another step on our path to becoming the best people we can be.
This Monday, I challenge you to redefine failure in a positive light. No matter what comes your way this week, make sure to just keep pushing. Know that failure is inevitable, and that it does not devalue you. Remember that you are capable of overcoming anything, and that who you are is defined not by how often you fail, but by how you respond when you do.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the day off. We can make it through this short week!
by: Jessica Hutt