living with intention – failure is success in progress

Failure is success in progress,” Albert Einstein once said.

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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.

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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!

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If you are interested in living more intentionally, be sure to take time to work through the posted journaling prompts each week and check out Intentional Gatherings.

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