By Thomas Maranian
Every day of life presents new challenges, obstacles, and opportunities for you to face. There are always only two outcomes to those; either success or failure. However, failure does not mean you should give up. Most of the time we fail because we give up. The only way you can succeed is by learning from your mistakes. At no point in your life should you accept failure and move on as if nothing happened. You should welcome failure into your life and take all necessary actions to turn those failures into successes.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines failure as “a lack of success.” In most cases, failure seems to present itself to the public more than success does. You should never do something because you want to receive credit for it. You should always do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not because someone will appraise you for it. Regardless, when failure hits you, chances are you are not the only one to find out. It might present hundreds of different people coming up to you and making jokes about it. Always remember that no one’s opinion matters more to you than yours. How we choose to act on our failures is much more important than how others choose to discuss them. We all have them. Every last one of us has failed at something. Don’t go around pointing out other people’s flaws when you have hundreds of them yourself.
Failure is delay, not defeat. There is always an opportunity to succeed. Think of a rolling die. The odds of landing on six are one in six. When you don’t immediately roll a six, you try again and again, and again. You can achieve greatness if you continue to test yourself. Don’t wait around for other people to inspire you. Inspire yourself. Do what you know is best for you.
Pain is weakness leaving the body. The more and more you fail, the more likely you are to succeed in the future. As long as you are embracing your failures and trying to turn them into successes, you will not have to worry. If you take a moment to think about it, the more you fail, the more you will have a drive to succeed. When people point out your failures, prove them wrong. Prove that you can go beyond what is satisfactory. Prove that you can go above and
beyond your limits. Push yourself into going one more mile. You cannot become the world’s fastest runner overnight. You will fail again and again, but it’s all a part of the journey to reach your goals. If you continue to work at them, you will begin to understand you are capable of so much more than you ever thought was possible.
Many times, people fail because they do not properly prepare themselves to succeed. They have a mentality that going with the flow will work and no planning is required. A great way to overcome your failures is to schedule yourself for success, meaning you should set up a plan for your week to continuously work on your flaws. If you want to run that extra mile without rest or if you want to do one hundred nonstop pushups, plan accordingly. Work at it every day. Never tell yourself you don’t have time for it. Make time. Twenty-four hours per day is quite enough to work at your goals. Young adults are using their phone an average of five hours per day, every day. Imagine if you put five hours per day working towards your goals. You would be five hours ahead in the book you’re reading, five hours ahead in writing your business plan, or five hours ahead in doing your homework. Shut away all distractions and focus on turning your failures into successes.
Getting into habits is the most beneficial tool to preparing for success. If your goal is to do more pushups without stopping, then wake up every morning and drop to the floor. If your goal is to run a marathon, then wake up and get moving on the track. If your goal is to create the next big thing, wake up and start planning. Make sure you get in the habit of routine. That is, do whatever it is you are working on at the same time of every day. If you start to mix up when you work at your goals throughout the day, you are more likely to procrastinate. Routine habits are the best habits. Now you don’t always have to work in the morning. Maybe the nighttime allows you to think better. But know that if you combat your failures in the morning, you will be more energetic and positive throughout the rest of the day, knowing that you made an impact in your potential future.
Success is dependent on only one thing: you. You start your day, and you end your day. Whether you choose to embrace your failure and work at it is not up to your roommate, your friends, or your co-workers. You have to make a difference in your own life. Make sure you know what you are and are not capable of. Under no circumstances should you lie to yourself. Always look to improve. The question of “what if I fail” should only be answered one way: try again. Your hard work and dedication to changing your failures is what will make the difference.
Always remember that failure is progress. Progress is a ladder. If you fear the ladder, you are bound to fall off. When you get to the top of that ladder, you can celebrate your success. But until then, no matter how many times you fall from that ladder, the only thing getting in the way from making it to the top is how you go about climbing. Never stop climbing.