Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success.
Failure is part of success, in the time past, we view failure as a product of poor performance or misfortune, but actually its a process of fulfillment.
Even perfect effort could fail but consistency in-spite of failure will eventually lead to great achievement.
Whenever failure thought comes to your mind, you need to realize it and deal with it. No man is perfect, but we can become perfect if we choose. You don’t have to accept it’s thoughts or anything that would stimulate it.
You are said to fail or be a failure whenever you give up. Failure shouldn’t be the end of everything, it should be an inspiration for you to get things right.
What others define it as
As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
“There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.”
Robert H. Schuller
“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.”
What to do when failure thoughts come
- Ask God for Help in prayer, Psalm 50:15.
- Read your Bible always to pave way for new thoughts, Psalm 119:11, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3.
- Seek counselling form those ahead of you, Proverbs 11:14.
- Look for what motivates you.
- Forget about those things you suck at, work more on your strength and less or not at all on your weakness, Philippians 3:13.
- Believe that you can’t always do it alone – more good heads are better than one.
Some reasons for Failure
- You fail because you are afraid to care.
- You fail because you don’t believe it’s possible.
- You fail when you don’t take responsibility of what happens in your life.
- You fail because you are too distracted.
- You fail because you don’t think you deserve what you want.
- You fail when you choose to argue instead of accepting advice.
- You fail when you are being afraid to stand out among the crowd.
- You fail when you are not being persistent and consistent.
- You fail when you lack humility.
- You fail to network and build strong relationships.
Failure is the currency for success
Some people think it’s actually possible to become insanely successful without ever failing. If success were a house, many believe if they’re just careful or clever enough, they can walk right by failure’s room and still get to where they want to go.
But no matter how brilliant you think you are, you can’t tiptoe past failure on the way to success—it is the front door.
In most cases when you fail you’ll know either one or some combination of the following: why you failed, what you did that led to failing, or what you can do better next time.
This data and information you obtain from failing is like a currency you earn through the courage of taking action. The more times you fail, the more data you earn, and the richer and more knowledgeable you become—assuming you’re actually experimenting instead of just making the same mistakes over and over again and expecting something to change.
From this perspective, failure and mistakes shouldn’t be avoided—they should be welcomed, embraced, cherished.
If you want to achieve anything worthwhile, you have to let go of the idea that failure is something to avoid. Nobody wants to fail, but you have to be willing to fail if you ever want the chance to succeed. Counterintuitively, this acceptance and anticipation of failure weakens its sting and helps you regain perspective to get back on track (although you could even argue that failure is the track).
Think of it this way: you win or you learn, and you win by learning. When you’ve finally accumulated enough failures, you might have the chance to exchange your fortune of failures for a tiny bit of success. Of course, simply failing doesn’t mean you’ll succeed, the same way that investing in the stock market doesn’t mean you’ll get rich… but if you invest your failures wisely, you’ll have much a better shot.
To stick with the restaurant analogy, if life were a price-fixed menu, the appetizer would be a small heap of failure. It would smell funny, look awful, and probably be the most bitter thing you’ve ever tasted. Just when the waiter finally takes the rancid plate away, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief knowing that disgrace is no longer in sight, until he comes back moments later with an even bigger mound of failure as the main course — at which point you’ll turn to your friend, bang your first on the table and say “This isn’t what I was expecting!”
Nobody wants it for their main course. But just like a broke student who eats ramen everyday for years while putting themselves through school, you need to accept that failing is going to be the only thing on your menu for quite some time if you want anything worth having.
It doesn’t matter how much you achieve, or how good you think you are… you’ll never be immune to making mistakes and failing. Expect it often. Anticipate it. Remember that even though you can have failure without success, you can’t have success without failure.
This is what you mean when you accept Failure
Without much explanation, when you accept it, you have refused success. Growth, Progress and other things, becomes impossible!
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” –John Burroughs