“Failure is success in progress,” Albert Einstein once said.
ALBERT EINSTEIN of all people, the most influential physicist of the 20th century. As a recovering perfectionist, this nugget of wisdom is music to my ears. I have a long history with failure – college, several relationships over the years, my career as a Creative Memories consultant, my body, and so much more.
Looking back, I can see that failure was the catalyst for growth often giving me a much-needed change in direction. Instead of throwing in the towel, I learned to shift my perspective:
What else could God in store for me?
What good could possibly come out of this?
What can I learn from this experience?
How could this help me in the future?
Where do I go from here?
Instead of viewing failure as a sign to give up see it instead as a time to dig in. Nothing captures this thought more than this powerful commencement speech given by author JK Rowling at Harvard University:
Take some time to reflect on something in your life that isn’t working out the way you had hoped/pictured/dreamed. Using the questions above, try to reframe that “failure” by looking at it from a new perspective. Entertain the possibility that instead of a wall blocking your path, there is a door before you just waiting to be opened!