Have you ever failed? And after the failure, were you able to look beyond the failure and see all the positive results of those failures?
For me, I’ve always been very good at this, being that I was an athlete and I always had to look at failure as a way of winning. And If I looked at it any other way I would continue losing. It’s when you look at failure as a way to win, that you actually start failing to win – and this is what you want!
I’ve been thinking, praying, and studying a lot about failure lately – this is after recently taking some pretty serious hits, falling on my face, hurting relationships, and loosing lots of money. Here’s the truth, I’ve failed miserably over my life (As we all do), but what’s important is not that you or I failed, but that we continue to reflect and take lessons from those failures that we can apply going forward.
Here’s a great question that I’ve been asking myself, it seems daily, “What are the positive results of failure?”
Kind of a weird question right? I mean what at all could be positive about failure? There is a lot that is positive about failure. Almost every aspect of failure is positive, other than the failure itself.
After asking myself and others this question over and over, I’ve come up with all kinds of answers. Some that I liked and some that honestly really sucked. I wanted something better so I continued searching and asking. And then, I picked up a book by David Mattson who is the CEO of Sandler Systems, which is an international training and consulting organization when I came upon an answer to this question that I thought was more than perfect, it was peaceful and brilliant.
David says, ” You learn about what not to do, which can stimulate creativity and accelerate your learning curve. Accepting failure as normal gives you the freedom to try new things without putting your self-esteem at risk.”
I’m going to ask you the same question. What are the positive results of failure?