The Lost Art of Failure
Posted on 02. Feb, 2010 by Julius.
How many mistakes have you made today? Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. And every person reacts differently to these mistakes.
The issue is not about failure itself, but about the way you react to it. Some people tend to get angry because they think they can’t get it right since they have failed once again.
On the other hand there are people who are grateful for making mistakes. Being grateful for failing is such an important practice. Why should being grateful for failing be a powerful routine?
You are about to find out!
Failure can accomplish many things such as getting depressed or even creating a successful business. Is that true? You bet it is.
Learning through Failure
Failure is not as bad as people think it is. Without it we would probably be still in the stone age hammering on a dead animal trying to crack it open. The reason behind this is that the only way humans learn is through failure.
You don’t learn how to shoot a ball at the goal by getting it right each time. No you learn it by completely missing the goal. And the more you miss it, the better you will become.
Your Inner Clock
Think of it this way. Your brain is like a little clock that needs to be adjusted to get the time right. If you always do it right, your internal clock will never get adjusted, i.e. you will never actually learn.
That of course doesn’t mean that I want you to go out and do everything wrong you could possibly do, no. You should be happy when everything is working the way it should since these are part of the good times of your life.
But the true meaning behind it is to not let you get bogged down through a mistake you’ve made. Why should a simple mistake be able to change your mood completely? You don’t understand it and me neither.
Thinking Differently about Failure
In order to become more successful in life and achieve the things you want, you need a new way of thinking about failure. Try to think of a mistake as a gift. It sets you on the right track. Before you might have been wrong but this mistake adjusted your internal clock. It simply made it a bit more precise.
Then the question is obvious for you. Why would you be mad at something that actually helps you to get further in life?! I actually don’t know but many people are.
Try practicing being grateful for mistakes, it will definitely change your attitude about life. Of course you can feel bad about a mistake, but always try to look at the positive side of it.
What do you think? Have you always thought of failure this way?