It’s been a crazy busy week. I’ve been recording Coming Out Lounge Podcasts like a mad podcaster, writing articles, working on the launch of a new project, and in the midst of it all, I failed.
- I failed to remember an appointment my daughter had
- I failed to show my husband some extra love
- I failed to get my cardio workout in one day
- I failed to stick to my meal plan for a day
- I failed to be grateful, numerous times
But dammit, I’m so glad I failed. In fact, I didn’t realize how glad I was I failed until in the middle of interviewing mega marketer and thought leader, Chris Brogan, that I was reminded that not being afraid to fail will lead you to outcomes you never thought possible. Let me say that again.
outcomes you never thought possible!
That may be a really hard pill for us to swallow, but it’s actually very sound advice.
- Fear of failure is absurdly striving for perfection.
- Fear of failure is believing we have to live to please others.
- Fear of failure is living by standards that may be detrimental to our well being.
- Fear of failure is a way of inviting the “not good enough” voices to rule.
- Fear of failure is not allowing for other potential outcomes to flourish.
Instead, how about embracing failure.
When you embrace failure…
- You learn from it and grow
- You find the more powerful answers to the question “What’s next?”
- You discover how to be grateful for your other successes
- You absorb pain with less stress each time you fail
- You bounce back with renewed intentions
As I look at what I say I failed at this week, what I realize is that…I got to spend more time with my daughter, my husband still loves me even when I don’t give of my time, I’m more inspired to go extra time in my cardio workout to make up for what I missed, my meal plan doesn’t control me, I control it; and the next entry in my gratitude journal is going to read “I’m grateful that I failed!”