I’ve failed a lot in my life. Many don’t see the failures. But the reality is that WE ALL FAIL. People don’t like to talk about their failures. They don’t post about them on Facebook. They don’t tell you about it over coffee. They don’t share, sometimes even with their own family. So it’s easy to think everyone has these awesome perfect lives. But we all have failure. You may only see the successes – when folks are at the high point. But believe me, there were many failures before they reached that summit of success.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case you fail by default.” -J.K. Rowling

Here’s the thing about failures – they are really a gift. Because often, those failures themselves lead us to the greatest lessons, successes and happiness in our lives.

There’s no such thing as failure. Only missed opportunities when you give up or don’t try. And lessons learned when you may miss the mark and fail. The important lesson is to use your failure as momentum to move you forward – that is the gift of failure.

You get as much from your losses as you do from your victories. The losses are there to wake you up. Your life is bigger than any one failure. Try, fail, and then RELAX. It’s going to be okay. Detours happen. Failures happen. Don’t be overwhelmed and lose it – because your life is bigger than that one moment or one failure. Don’t allow your past challenges and failures to dictate your future. We all fail. Failures are our best teachers. Learn from them. Grow from them.

My biggest failures in life have been my greatest teachers. Those moments have brought me where I am today. They allowed me to grow. They allowed me to push forward and realize that yes, it’s going to be o.k. That one failure or one challenge doesn’t define your entire life. It doesn’t define your future. Only you do that.

Own your story, own your failures, and realize that your failure is a part of what makes you human, teaches you resilience, and shows you what you are truly made of.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” -Maya Angelou.

The ability to fall down, brush yourself off, and try again is what will allow you to rise above your hard. I challenge you to see failure as the gift that it is.

Failure is really an opportunity to try again.

Accept it, learn from it and live a life with no regrets for failing to act.

Don’t let fear of failure win. See failure for the gift that it is.

Look fear in the face, do it anyway and if you fail, at least you can say you tried.

Never, ever give up on your dreams…on yourself…and on your life.

Fail greatly and fail better to achieve massive, epic happiness and success.

This is the key to success.

How have your failures been a gift in your life? Share what lessons you have learned. Ask yourself how you can unwrap your failures as the gift that they are? It’s up to you.

#resilience #resiliencebooster #failureisagift #success #change


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