How do you deal with failure?
How would you react if you were in the band that recorded this video?
Although this video is awful, the kids (I am assuming they are kids) practiced (not enough mind you) and tried, and then, failed miserably!!!!
Failure is easy to talk about when you do so in the arena of incompetence or the inculpable. In other words, you failed because you just couldn’t do it (no matter how hard you tried) or you failed due to circumstances beyond your control.
Failure, however, is hard to talk about when it is in the arena of mistakes, poor execution, terrible judgment, or bad planning but it is a fact of life and an often avoided topic. How do you deal with failure when you could have avoided it, when it is because of you, etc?
I suggest the secret to dealing with failure in this arena is three-fold:
- Confess and profess that you are not perfect and that God loves you regardless of your failures!
- Own your failure and don’t pass the buck.
- Learn from it and grow. Even if your failure is from our own ineptitude, you can learn from it and grow as a result.
Failure is part of life, it is part of how we grow! You will do things well and you will do things poorly; but the questions remains, will you learn from your failures and own them accordingly, or will you ignore them (lying to yourself and to others) by making excuses for them? Ignoring failure in your life will inevitable lead to more failure, but facing it, and learning from it, will help you grow and develop in character and in competence.
Failure is only your enemy if you ignore it!