“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”– Confucius
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”– Denis Waitley
Change Your Mental Model
Most people operate with the following mental model:
- SUCCESS ⇔ YOU ⇔ FAILURE
They see themselves in the middle, with success on one end and failure on the other. They do everything they can to move toward success and away from failure. But, what if you reconfigured that model?
- YOU ⇒ FAILURE ⇒ SUCCESS
Instead of viewing failure as something to be avoided, turn it into a “stepping-stone” on the path to success and gratification. In other words: Success is the destination. Failure is how you get there.
To achieve significant success in today’s world, failure is not just a possibility. It’s a requirement. We must see success and failure for what they truly are. They’re not opposites but instead opposite sides of the same coin.
“No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.“– Napoleon Hill
Celebrate Your Failures, Not Just Your Successes.
It’s natural to be excited about our successes. Yes, you want to celebrate them. Yes, you want to give yourself a reward or even throw a party. But, if the key to success is to increase our failures, then it only makes sense to celebrate our set backs as well.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”– Bill Gates
See Courage as a ‘Muscle’
If failure is a vehicle that can take you to success, then courage is the fuel! Courage is a muscle. And, like any muscle, you must develop and strengthen it with lots of exercise.
As the saying goes: Use it, or lose it. It’s no different with courage. Use and develop your “courage muscle” by looking fear in the eye and taking action anyway. Each time you take action, the courage muscle gets stronger and your confidence and self-esteem become less fragile.
When you don’t, it atrophies. And before you know it your courage is gone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. All the courage you could ever want or need to achieve every goal you have is already in you, just waiting for you to take action.
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Culled from: The Balance.