“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” ~Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul
How we perceive life determines much of how we experience it. If I see it negatively, then life becomes quite negative, whereas if I see it in a positive light, it becomes very positive. So when we avoid risks due to fear or worry of failure, we miss out on real opportunities for growth and understanding. Likewise, when we misperceive our failures as mistakes, errors, or setbacks, we undervalue the very lessons and instructions that life is presenting to us. Therefore, as Jack tells us, we should concern ourselves instead with the “missed chances” for growth that we let pass us by.
Although mistakes and failures are often difficult to handle and understand when they occur, they are very important to teaching us how to succeed in life. Success is a process–one that is modified, strengthened, reshaped, and redirected over and over again with each error and setback we encounter.
Do not worry about failure… it is a normal part of life that offers us very real and positive growth potential. Instead, actively seek out the lessons presented with each failure. If we can learn to look objectively at our setbacks, and see them as undiscovered gifts with great purpose and value, we will come to find a powerful tool for personal growth and understanding in life.
Try something you’ve been too scared at and it might just be the “ace”.
Questions to consider:
What are some chances you have missed recently?
Do you see failure as a reflection of who you are, or as a potential learning experience?
How can you strengthen your perseverance and resolve in life?
For further thought:
“Sometimes the harder you fall, the stronger you rise.” ~Anonymous