Failing Forward? Not me!

I read an article lately about the choice we have when we feel we have failed, or not succeeded.  The author talked about how a “failure” can be a catalyst for success if we let it.

It sounded good to me at the time; it made sense. It’s all about your attitude. I agreed wholeheartedly.

But  in a sense, it was pretty much irrelevant because I wasn’t failing at anything.  Life was good.

Until yesterday.

In one day, I wasn’t faced with one, or two, or even three failures; I had to swallow four of them, all at once.  Four failures.

My ego, self-esteem, confidence–whatever you want to call it–was wounded. Hurt.  Humiliated.  And I felt like crying, and hiding, and eating way too much ice cream.  And I wanted to scream, and give it all up.

But I did not.

Because perceived failure is just the opportunity to choose.

So I am choosing to let these failures/disappointments be catalysts for success.  I will take a good look at them, restructure my plan in view of what I see, and move forward.

And as many as my failures may be, I will never let them define me.  I am and forever will be Barbara Isaac Croce, beloved of God.

Failing forward?  Heck yeah, it’s me all the way!

 

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19 comments

  1. Love this! I try to think of failure the same way, and recently have actually discussed this with several of my students. One thing that they (and we) often find it difficult to remember is that there is a HUGE difference between failing at something and being a failure. And, as you say, when we fail, we have a choice on how we react, and where we will go from there. Love this, and appreciate your sharing your honest heart!

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  2. I love this post! Failing forward is something that we all do at one time or another. If we can just remember that each failure is an opportunity for us to learn something about the Lord, as well as something about ourselves and others. Just think…if Edison didn’t fail forward we might not have had electricity!

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  3. If you look at the lives of inventors and entrepreneurs, you’ll see a whole lot of “failure” before the great success. My head agrees with that idea, but sometimes my heart fails me. Bless you for being an example of using setbacks as a catalyst for forward movement!

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