(#1 in a series of Self-Reflection Exercises for the strengthening of the inner soul.)
Turn failure into an opportunity for growth by learning from your experiences and proceeding along down your journey. By moving forward instead of giving up, you give yourself the gift of a new opportunity to fulfill your life’s purpose.
To learn from your experiences, you look at the past objectively. Acknowledging your errors without self-condemnation because mistakes are part of life.
When you fail, accept it as an opportunity for success. Failure does not mean that you are a bad person, or a disappointment to others; therefore be free from internalizing and personalizing your own disappointment.
In the words of Thomas Edison, “I haven’t failed; I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Each time you seem to fail, discover another option that can be eliminated.
“I intentionally focus on the meaningful lessons of everyday life because life is about purpose and not about the mundane nuisances of my work.”
Reaching a dead end may be painful because it is not the outcome you desired, but happiness is not about the absence of pain; rather, it’s about the realization of your divine purpose. Who you become, as molded by the experiences of your journey, is as important to you—if not more so—as to where you finish.
“It’s not about the destination—but about the journey.”
When you feel overwhelmed by seemingly impossible circumstances, remind yourself that, from where you stand, you can only see a small glimpse of the big picture of your life. Turn any discouragement into opportunity by refusing to give up.
“Today, I choose to have faith and trust that there is a plan for my life bigger than what my eyes can see. No matter how many times I fail, I resolve to get up and continue to follow my dreams.”
Take Action Now!
1. Do I need to forgive myself for a past failure?
2. What lessons have I learned from a recent failure?
3. How has failure helped me redirect my dreams?