FB-Pic-TempletI’ve pondered the answer to this question: “If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve?”

I’ve concluded that it’s a dumb question because from my experience there are no achievements without failure of some kind.

John C. Maxwell, the author of Failing Forward suggests a better question:

If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?

My next statement may seem cold or calloused to some;  ‘it doesn’t matter what challenges you are facing in your life.’ The only thing that is really important is how you are “willing” to “choose” how to look at the challenge to grow and learn from it.

Your creator gave you infinite potential because we are made in His image and He created the entire Heavens and the Earth. I would suspect that He created us to be able to overcome any challenge or obstacle we face because every person on this planet has them.

John states, “Look at the way any achievers approach negative experiences, and you can learn a lot about how to fail forward.”

Read through these two lists, and decide which one describes your approach to failure:

Failing Backward                                       Failing Forward

Blaming others                                         Taking responsibility

Repeating the same mistake                 Learning from each mistake

Expecting never to fail                            Knowing failure is part of the process

Expecting to continually fail                 Maintaining a positive attitude

Accepting tradition blindly                  Challenging outdated assumptions

Being limited by past mistakes            Taking new risks

Thinking “I am a failure”                       Believing something didn’t work

Quitting                                                   Persevering

You can change some of your environment that creates problems for you but most are unchangeable. What we can and must change is our reaction to the unchangeable. It’s the changing of you that must happen for you to grow and be able to achieve your dreams.

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live

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