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Failing Forward

Monday, January 06, 2014

Failing Forward

This week I want to talk to you about "failing forward." This idea comes from a book written by John Maxwell with the same title.   I know, it sounds kinda weird. From the time we are small children we are taught succeed. We are taught to succeed academically, in sports, at work and in many other areas of life. But ask yourself, when was the last time you can remember being taught what to do when you are not successful.


This week I want to talk to you about "failing forward." This idea comes from a book written by John Maxwell with the same title.   I know, it sounds kinda weird. From the time we are small children we are taught succeed. We are taught to succeed academically, in sports, at work and in many other areas of life. But ask yourself, when was the last time you can remember being taught what to do when you are not successful.

I can remember very clearly, a number of years ago, as the president of a town baseball league having heated discussions with parents that all the ball players should get a trophy at the end of the baseball season. The fear that was expressed was that "loosing would somehow damage the self-esteem of the children on the losing team." That sort of perspective is carried over to adulthood so that the person expects to "get a trophy" no matter what. The truth is that you and I, in our lifetime will face the prospect of failure many, many times. And sometimes we will fail at something.

You see, the question is not if we fail but what will we do when we fail. Projects fail, relationships fail, and finances fail.  We make wrong decisions. We miss opportunities. When you are down, what do you do? Blame others? Blame yourself? Do you crumble, retreat, and hide? 

Let me suggest that when you are down, when you've fallen down, instead of blaming something or someone or bemoaning the situation....while you are down there...pick something up. Learn something and use it to pull yourself back up and store the lesson for the next time.....and there will be a next time.

Whether it is a failure because of a decision made or a relationship that is broken beyond repair, you have the ability to tap into that inner strength, learn from the failure and, with your head held high and your eyes looking toward the horizon, keep moving toward success.

"The terrible truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure. Errors become mistakes when we perceive them and respond to them incorrectly. Mistakes become failures when we continually respond to them incorrectly."John Maxwell

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