Does Failure Guarantee Success?

By now, you’ve probably heard it said a thousand times:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ~Michael Jordan

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While I have great respect for Michael Jordan (he is my favorite basketball player of all time), I must point out the error of blindly believing this quote at face value.

Does failure alone guarantee success?

Surely not, many people have failed multiple times and still haven’t eventually found success.

Does failure guarantee that we will become wiser?

I will answer this question with a question: How many times have you failed at something only to find yourself repeating that failure again on a later date?

So we can logically deduce that failure alone does not guarantee or prepare us for success with great wisdom.

So the question boils down to this: What does guarantee wisdom and success out of failure?

Attitude.

It sounds so simple, but it’s so true. It is a core truth. Attitude will keep you learning, growing, and moving forward no matter what the challenges. Attitude is what makes champions. It was Michael Jordan’s attitude that kept him moving forward until he won multiple championships, not the failures

Resolve today that you will be a champion by taking on a champion’s attitude.

Failures are stepping stones to the next level in your life. If you learn from them, they are no longer failures, but opportunities to grow. ~Jack Davis

I could write so much more about this, but decided to keep it short for you today. If you have questions or comments, be sure to add them below!

Overcoming a Crisis

Make no mistake about it, there will be moments when a crisis strikes. Life has a way of making sure that happens. It seem that none of us can escape it. Because of a crisis, you may feel like your life has been a waste.

Wisteria TunnelIn my experience, no one is always happy, excited, or hopeful. We may not always see progress. At times we see things slipping backwards. Often through no fault of our own…

Yet, often through our own mistakes as well. Everyone makes mistakes, the mistake is not the important part, the lesson is.

Here is a key truth to overcoming our mistakes:

Admitting your mistake quickly positions you to extract wisdom from it

That’s right. You learn when you admit your mistakes openly and transparently.

Laugh them off, brush them off, learn the lesson, and move on to your next (even greater) accomplishment!

You see, pain births a willingness to change. No matter what has to change around you, the first thing to change is YOU. Renew your mind to what a crisis is to you.

These steps may help:

Understand that your feelings are created by your focus

What you are focusing on determines how you feel. Here are a few ways to change your feelings:

  • Through focus
  • Through music
  • Through the people around you
  • Through praise

And if you are so inclined…

  • Through worship

Understand that your feelings can change as quickly as they arrived

Did you suddenly get upset at something? Then you are able to suddenly get happy again! It’s all a matter of what you decide to focus on. That will get your joy back.

Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears

What you see as a loss is actually an investment – if you perceive it through new eyes. Bad times can activate great relationships. Think about it, when the bad time hit, your fair weather friends left, didn’t they? But your true friends stuck with you. Your relationship with them is now cemented even better than before. What a wonderful gift to receive! Absolutely priceless in my book.

Quitting does not improve your life

WOW, WOW, WOW! This one hit me strongly the first time I read it. It just never occurred to me that QUITTING HAS NO REWARD. What does quitting give you? Regret, guilt, shame, more fear, less faith. Nope, I don’t want any of those, I’ve had enough of feeling those things. So I have decided today that I’m not quitting. How about you?

Endurance is a bridge

Everyone walks through a wilderness experience. Everyone walks through the rough places. Everyone experiences crisis, even those who seem to “have it all together.” Get real. They don’t. If you could see deeper into their lives, you would see that they don’t have it all together.

Instead, see that your endurance will increase access to someone – a friend, someone to help you, someone to encourage you, someone to help you solve the problem.

Your endurance is a testimony of encouragement to others

Someone is watching your life. Someone is learning from what you are doing. Someone is secretly rooting for you to win. People love to see the underdog win. So if you are feeling like that underdog today, take courage in knowing that when you do win, it will be a heroic and inspirational story! You will encourage others with it! So today, allow encouragement to sink in. You will win if you do not give up.

Always know that I am here to help put things in perspective and to be your friend and encourager! Write me today if you are in need of any of my help.


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