Failing isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I dare to say it’s a great thing. It took me quite a long time to come to terms with the fact that failing was a natural part of life and business. I used to be so scared of failure that I just wouldn’t try things that I thought had a high chance of not working out. Failing is most likely never going to feel good (at first). However, when you change your mindset and really see failing as an opportunity to learn and grow, it’s never going to feel like the end of the world again. Let today be the day that we decide not to let our fears hold us back!
Why Failing Isn’t A Bad Thing
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Failing actually has quite a few benefits. As Winston Churchill expressed in the quote above, you have to fail your way to success. If you’re failing, but keep your head up and keep going, you’re on your way to success!
Here are some of the benefits of failure:
Failing makes you more creative
If you tried something one way and that didn’t work, you’ll have to get creative and come up with new ways to reach your goal. Figuring out and creating new opportunities and resources over and over will make you a master problem-solver. There is always more than one way to reach a goal.
Failing will make you resilient
Getting back up and trying again when you’ve been knocked down is a superpower. You will stand up stronger and wiser every time.
Failing will help you find your true friends
Nothing will drive opportunistic, fair weather friends away like failing. The people who truly have your back “for better or for worse” will stick around and help you bounce back. Failure teaches us not to trust anyone who says they are out to help you.
Failing helps you zero in on what is truly important
When things get though, it forces us to focus on the real problem. When you’re experiencing a crisis, you only do the urgent and important things and park the rest for a while. So essentially you turn your crisis into clarity on what you need to focus on.
Dealing With Negative Feelings
Failing can make you feel all kinds of negative feelings: insecurity, anger, sadness. Recognize that you want to change the way failure makes you feel right now and you’d like to be more resilient and perseverant in the future. Figure out what you would like your reaction to failure to be and decide to breathe and relax next time something doesn’t work out.
Don’t forget to look at the positive things and insights you’ve gained through this situation and recognize how they helped you grow. Try to turn all the negatives to positives. In the beginning, this might feel like challenge, but the more you do this, the more natural positive thinking will become.
My favorite way of dealing with failure is by celebrating it! Throw yourself a party, treat yourself, take a day off and celebrate the fact that you tried and that you’re one step closer to finding the path to success.
Stop seeing failure as a negative ending to something and start looking at it as a natural part of the process. If you change the way you look at failing that way, failure becomes progress. And Progress is something worth celebrating.
More Benefits of Failure
If you’d like to know more about why failure isn’t a bad thing, I recommend checking out this TED talk playlist about the benefits of failure.
I hope that this post made you consider failure to be less of a bad thing and I hope that next time you fail, you fail well. I’ll bring the cake. 😉