Everyone fails sometimes, but so what, move forward and try again. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed in the past, move forward and try again until you succeed.
Recently, this magazine has been writing articles devoted to the idea of taking action in spite of other things convenient excuses not to take action. Previous Magnificent Mondays have covered the topics of:
Future articles will deal with the topics:
- you have a full plate but move
- using your accountability group to help you move
Sometimes, the thing that keeps a person from taking action and moving forward is the knowledge that she has failed before. The past failure often causes a person to feel as if she shouldn’t take a chance. It may make her never attempt a great a wonderful thing again. It may seem counter-intuitive, but it is because a person has failed in the past that she should go for it and take action now.
It has often been said that before making the final version of the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison made almost 200 different versions. When asked what it was like to have failed 200 times, Jefferson replied that he did not fail 200 times. He claimed he found 200 ways not to make an incandescent light bulb. That is the attitude you should take when fear of past failures makes you hesitant to take action in the present.
You should always find a way to look at failure as an opportunity for improvement. In other words, each time you do not successfully complete your mission, you have learned a way not to complete the mission.
No matter how many times you have failed in the past, try again.
Look for example at a child that is learning to walk. That child will start and fall, start and fall, and start and fall many times before learning to walk. The interesting thing about the child learning to walk is that she will try again no matter how many times she falls. Each time she gets up, she learns a little something about how not to walk. Eventually, she has enough knowledge from her failed attempts and she is able to walk and eventually run.
If you want to read more ideas about how to take action now and get things done, check out:
Take Action Now and Get Healthy All Over– While it is important to have good physical health, we must also strive to have good health mentally, emotionally, sexually, spiritually, and financially. Click here to read more.
Create a TAN Network to Help You Take Action Now– When you are at a point where you need help to take action now and to get motivated to take action, but cannot act on your own, it is time to gather a support network. Click here to read more.
Also, check out our Confidence Tip of the Day YouTube channel for hundreds of videos on creating the confidence you need to succeed.
I have raised four children and have encountered numerous others. I have never heard of a child who tried to walk and after a few hundred failed attempts decided she was never going to try again. No matter how often a child learning to walk falls, she will continue to get up and try again and again until she has achieved her mission and is walking. Let that be your example.
It is a magnificent thing to learn no matter how many times you fail, you can get back up eventually succeed. The difference between success and failure is often just getting the right mental attitude. So, the question for you this magnificent day is how do you find ways to turn failure into eventual success?