Someone soon will tell you you failed.
It maybe your spouse, telling you you let them down. Your child may tell you you are a bad parent. It might be your boss telling you the project you sweated over isn’t good enough. You might get a paper with that big red “F.”
Nobody likes to be a failure, unless they have something pretty wrong with them. So what do you do when you hear you are a failure?
- Acknowledge the truth. You are not perfect. Maybe you failed as a spouse, a parent, or an employee. This requires humility and honesty.
- Ask yourself, “What can I learn?” Every failure teaches you about yourself. It also teaches you about other people.
- Tell yourself “Failure is not my identity.”
- If you are a follower of Jesus, remind yourself that nothing, not even failure separates your from the love of Jesus.
- Most people repeat failure because they don’t fully embrace the pain the first time. Face into the pain, let it motivate you to not make the mistake again.
- Don’t use failure as stick to beat yourself up. That means you are not learning, but letting the failure define you.
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis