Humility In Victory… Gratitude In Defeat

“Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.” ~Unknown …

It is often quite difficult to put this into practice. We want to bask in our successes–after all, we generally have invested a lot of our time and effort into them. Likewise, it is natural to want to sulk in our failures–to spend time reflecting on where we went wrong and why. And it is ok to do so on a moderate level and for a short period of time. However, we should never let either one of these define who we are at any chapter in our life.

Success is great. And it is ok to recognize the successes we achieve. But do not let one success hold you back or distract you from continuing on with your journey. There are many more potential successes out there for us to achieve, and we can start towards them today.

Failure, on the other hand, is quite difficult. It is ok for us to give ourselves permission to fail, but what about those we let down–our families, our employers, or our peers? It is important to note how our failures could affect others in our lives and always keep that in mind when we let failure be an option. Nevertheless, failure is not the end, and it is quite liberating to be able to tell ourselves that–to release our overly high expectations of always succeeding and accepting the outcomes no matter what.

We will have successes in life. And if we celebrate our successes, and then move on, the number of successes we experience will begin to greatly increase. And we will fail at things in life–I will, my children will, my family will, my friends will–it happens to us all. What is important is how we treat ourselves after we fail… do not lose heart.

Display humility in victory and gratitude in defeat.

Questions to consider:

How do you react when you experience success? How does this help you and those lives of those you touch?

Do you give yourself permission to fail? How could doing so help to bring about success?

How can gratitude in defeat be beneficial? Do you look for the positive in failure–where you performed well, where you could improve, the blessing of simply being able to try?

For further thought:

“The sheer rebelliousness in giving ourselves permission to fail frees a childlike awareness and clarity…. When we give ourselves permission to fail, we at the same time give ourselves permission to excel.” ~Eloise Ristad


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