Recently I have realized something about myself…I have been afraid to fail…or even worse mistaking failing at something with BEING a failure! What I have come to realize is…nothing is farther from the truth! You will notice that the post before this is not only weeks ago…but it is also the first one announcing a “slique challenge”. What you might be wondering is where are the rest of the days…why are there no updates…did something happen? The answer is yes…I FAILED MISERABLY! There are SOOOOOO many reasons that it didn’t happen: life, babies, unexpected trips, lack of self control, bad planning, exhaustion…and so on. The saddest part is that I was really excited about using the new products (which I loved when I did actually use them) and be able to share the results with those of you that came to read about them.
I have been torn on trying to figure out how to deal with the fact that I didn’t live up to the expectations that I set…and being afraid of disappointing others…but then I realized, maybe it will help others (and myself) if I am just real and share the truth…I failed…really, really failed:( I had imagined these great plans and great results that I am confident will come from using all the Slique products consistently, drinking the water (losing the soda) and eating cleaner. But that didn’t happen…but I have a choice…dwell on the failure and let it define me moving forward OR learn to be okay with failing…and put on my big girl panties and start again. I recently was listening to a speech where the speaker shared of all the successful people that wouldn’t have become a success if they quit after their first….or 100th failure.
- Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb until he found the one that worked.
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
- Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
- Michael Jordan was actually cut from his high school basketball team. He stated “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
More information about People who failed at BudBilanich’s site
You see, failure or even the fear of failure can keep you from your next best success…what if all of these people quit the 1st, 2nd or even 50th time they failed? We wouldn’t have light bulbs, Disney OR Back To The Future!! What?!? Not to mention that I only know of one person in this world that is perfect and has NEVER failed…His name is Jesus. My journey in life is to grow closer to Him so that my life can hopefully reflect Him…but thankfully there is grace…that covers the many times that I fail.
So…who is with me…who is ready to admit how bad they have failed and re-group…and begin again! Just think of how much better we will do this time because we will know how we failed the 1st, 2nd and many other times before:)