Failures or Lessons?
Do you consider your mistakes failures, or lessons? None of us are perfect and that is ok. We all want to be successful in life, provide for our families, and leave a positive legacy behind for future generations.
Along this journey of life, we will make mistakes, it is inevitable. Once you learn to accept your imperfection and instead use past mistakes as steppingstones for future success, this is when you separate yourself from the pack.
The difference between the ones who succeed and everyone else is simple, they did not give up after failure but learned from it. Trying again is what takes courage.
In these difficult times I thought it would be helpful to share some tips on failures, lessons, mental health, and time.
1.Failures – “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautious that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default” – J.K Rowling
As you read through this article think about this quote above and the example of a child learning to walk. A child falls/fails many times before actually learning to walk. However, you better believe that child will get back up and try again and eventually will walk without falling.
a. Failure is necessary in life. It is life’s teacher. Taking risk and falling is a part of our journey.
b. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. When things go wrong maybe it was not the right time. Next time when things go right you will learn to appreciate it more because of the bad experience.
c. The things we go through and the actions we are taking daily are creating the person we are becoming. Ask yourself, what person do you want to be?
d. Here are five key words to remember that failing provides us all. Experience, knowledge, resilience, growth, and
- Lessons – Life is a continuous learning experience. We all go through ups and downs throughout our journey.
a. Focus your time and energy on your own personal goals and vision. Do not let someone else’s aspirations influence your own.
b. While on this continuous learning experience do not force your ideas on others. Let those who want your opinion seek it out, otherwise you are wasting time which none of us have extra of.
c. Act! You can read all the books and watch all the YouTube videos you want seeking knowledge. True confirmation comes from putting your knowledge to use and validating your own understanding by acting.
- Time – The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
a. Our entire life revolves around time. Understand the value and respect it because time gone is never coming back. We each only have 24 hours daily if you sleep a full eight well your down to 16 hours.
b. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Nothing good comes easy, it takes time, dedication and persistence.
c. Before committing to any activity on your schedule, be sure it will positively add value to your life. If not, forget about it and move on.
- Mental Health – Good mental health promotes productivity, and effectiveness in your activities such as work or school.
a. Your mental health is important at every stage of your life, for different reasons from childhood and adolescence years until your adulthood.
b. Mental health refers to our cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act.
c. Develop healthy habits while your young. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Neither is right or wrong nor has there been any scientific data proving that one trumps the other. I believe a balance between both is truly needed. However, I am more on the optimistic side of life.
Things to Remember:
- Time is our most precious commodity in life. Understand the value and respect it because one it is gone it is never coming back.
- Failing is easy and we all have failed. The courage comes from not giving up, trying again, and using those past mistakes as steppingstones for future success.
- Life is a continuous learning experience. Learn from it all whether it be good or bad.
- Mental health issues are very serious in our population today. Do your research and help other around you that are suffering from mental health problems.
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By: Fletcher L. Clardy III
Failures or Lessons?