Finding Success Within Your ‘Failures’
How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far? Do you feel a sense of guilt answering that question? I know I do. I came into 2021 strong, I was going to quit Chick-fil-A for lunch, cold turkey (HAHA!) and I was going to spend more quality time with my kiddo and less time in front of the tv. Now that we are over a month into 2021, I am realizing that maybe my expectations were set too high. Feeling like a failure isn’t great, but I have found some ways to overcome that feeling and help conquering the goals you have set for yourself, even when you have already ‘failed’
- Reevaluate your goals: This is a biggie. When you are setting your goals, you need to make sure that they are attainable. I do this to myself all the dang time. Is cutting out Chick-fil-A realistic, probably not. But I can change my goal to cut back to once a week, that is manageable! Lucky for you, we went back in the archives and found a post written all about how to create goals for yourself, check it out here! This will really help you!
- Find support: Accountability is HUGE. I have found that having a group of likeminded people is like having an army. An army that you can study the Bible with or train for your first 5k with, etc. These people will lift you up when you are feeling down, they will push you when you want to give up, and remind you that you are strong enough to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. Start building your army and make it strong – strong armies don’t allow their soldiers to crumble. This will be a life changing move on your part!
- Give Grace: Let me tell you, this is not easy. I am probably harder on myself than I should be. I have to constantly remind myself that I am not perfect and that I am just a human being. I make mistakes and I fall off of the (metaphorical) wagon. When you have set goals for yourself, please remember that you are allowed to fail, you are allow to slip up. The true test, did you catch your mistake and are you learning from it? I believe that learning from your mistakes is the true test of your character. Allow yourself to fail, but get back up and try again!
Thomas Edison, the man that invented the lightbulb, was asked about his invention and all the times he failed; his response was “I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Remember that. Pick yourself back up, no matter how hard you have fallen, and try again! We are here for you, Coworkers – we have faith in you and know that you will do great things!