No one likes to fail. I certainly don’t, even though I know how many valuable life lessons I’ve learned from trying and failing. I know that good things can come from failures.
I know this.
For some reason, I’ve been feeling off-kilter lately–wobbly–and I haven’t been able to figure out what’s going on. I don’t feel like I’ve failed at something…more like I just haven’t succeeded and am stalling on shifting gears.
Over the weekend, I stumbled across a bookmark to an article on failure by the brilliant Henri Junttila at Wake Up Cloud, and one section really resonated with me:
Worth repeating: “You may imagine yourself failing and the movie in your head stops there. If you let the movie play, you will realize that that failure may be exactly what you needed.”
As so often happens, something went zing! when I read this. My movie hasn’t stopped, but my inner lizard is hitting the pause button repeatedly. And there’s no progress or growth in that. In fact, if it goes on too long, it can burn a hole in the film.
Since standing still scares me more than the idea of failure, it’s time for some vision-sharpening, I think. If you’ll pardon me, I’ve got a meeting with a certain reptile:
Only I’m wearing cute yoga capris and my hair is a nice shade of Brazilian Bronze with honey caramel highlights. And I’m smiling.
What about you? Does your mental movie stop or pause when confronted with the possibility of failure? How do you move beyond that?