Finding Faith in Failure

Odd collection of words up there isn’t it? Faith and failure don’t often find themselves hand in hand, but then again it all comes down to how you look at it. Having a healthy point of view in just about all of life’s conflicts can truly change a situation around. Failure is that stinging reminder that we aren’t perfect, it’s the consistent challenge to better ourselves and be daring enough to live with the fact that sometimes our best simply isn’t good enough. It’s a reminder to improve ourselves, to grow a little bit every day, because it’s when you feel that there is nothing left to learn that you in fact become a failure.

Pride and failure

The general consensus people have toward failure is shame, disappointment, and other negative frameworks, but why? Truthfully, failure should only be taken that way when the necessary efforts were severely in lack and laziness is the reason for the failure.

When someone truly gives it their all, their very best efforts, and they fail, there is a certain amount of pride that should be felt. Failing doesn’t mean that you are a failure, failing is that opportunity to enhance and make something better. Failure can teach you a lot of things such as:

  1. Problem areas- Where you need to invest some time to improve.
  2. Efficiency opportunity– A chance to look over the actions that were performed and have an opportunity to better them. Make them faster, more clear and concise, or whatever the given scenario may be that can be optimized.
  3. Strengths analysis- This is simply the opportunity to see where you are strong, areas that you can use as a way to strengthen your weaker areas.
  4. Reality check- When things go well for a while it is easy to become too comfortable, and when people become too comfortable, that is when the largest mistakes of all can come to be.

We have this loony way of thinking in today’s world that failure is unacceptable, and that if you don’t do a good enough job then there is someone else available that can. It’s wrong, it’s screwed up, and it is one of the many reasons that there are so many people out there with shattered self-esteems and the inability to effectively communicate, the fact that it has been drilled into their head that if they fail then there is no coming back.

Taking down the fail gates

The only person that can take on this kind of thinking, this hypnotizing wave of negativity, is by taking risks solely for yourself. If you are going to try and achieve something, then you need to do it for yourself. Sure, you can be proud if other people support what you are doing, but when it comes down to it, if at heart you don’t want to do ‘x’ thing, then you shouldn’t do it.

So many people apply themselves to things for all of the wrong reasons:

  1. To prove someone wrong
  2. To make this or that person proud

The very factor of simply living for ones one personal expectations has fallen off the map. It’s time that we take a little time to review life and actually go, “Wow, I really don’t want to do this with my life”, and make some choices that others may not completely agree with, but in the long run, internally, you will know that it will make YOU happy.

Life is about finding happiness and acceptance in one way or another, the moment that you start living it primarily for another’s satisfaction is the moment you stop truly living.


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