“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Paul, the Apostle
Yesterday we discussed “considering success to be inevitable”. Today being day 22 of the#LAST70DAYSOF2013 series, we will continue with what I feel is a second part or a continuation of yesterday’s edition. So, here is it! Consider failure to be impossible. They both sound the same but they are actually different in their different dimension and application. So what do I mean?
Failure is actually a matter of perspective. There are people out there who have made worse mistakes than you, faced greater challenges, confronted higher mountains than you are facing, worked through fire hotter than you are walking through now, withstood storms mightier than you are passing through and yet, they survived it; not because they have a bigger God than yours (God is the same everywhere and to everyone), not because they came from a richer family (there are people from family poorer and less privileged than yours), not because they have two heads (that will be very weird you know), but because of one thing – their perspective! The way they saw their failures and how they responded to them.
Depending on your mindset and mentality, there is no such thing as failure but lessons. There is no such thing as failure but feedback. Your perspective of failure is the thin line between things you could’ve achieved in 2013 and why you didn’t achieve them. It is important that as you count down to 2014 that you begin to reset your concept about failure. When you take a positive perspective toward failure, you will understand that for you to be better at certain times, that to mistakes and not getting things right can never be avoided but must be embraced as a platform and opportunity to learn new things and build resilience towards tougher times in years ahead because this world won’t get better in the sense that the normal or common human mind thinks it should. Rather, think about the possibilities of what can be.
If you can you list reasons why you cannot afford to consider the possibility of failure, then it becomes easier for you to deal with every mistake and failure you encounter. Candidly and without any feeling of pride, maybe sharing some of my PERSONAL reasons why I consider failure to be impossible will encourage you……
1. I have millions of lives to bless in my lifetime before I die.
2. I have several hundreds of young people who look up to me as their mentor and role model.
3. I have a family to take good care of and show the example of what it means to be a success.
4. I have a nation in belong to and would love to contribute to its development and empowerment.
5. I have been gifted with great talents and potentials to create and innovate that I cannot afford to die with.
6. I have a God who has never failed before and I am made in His image and likeness.
7. I have a mandate to raise a generation of excellence before I die.
8. I have a purpose and destiny created and ordained by God.
So, when I remember these things and ponder over them, I find it very hard to consider the possibility of failure. Maybe you share same reasons with me but there is no way you can be full of dream as well as the drive to fulfil them and yet think that it is possible to fail. If you have such dreams, and you fail, your failure will be a failing forward and not backward because every one of them will come with a new dimension of insight and idea on how to take the next step you need.
Therefore, my challenge to you today is to find a reason strong and meaningful enough not to believe that you can ever fail in life. If you cannot find any, let me tell you one – that you are here for a purpose that only you can fulfil. Know that God is involved in your life’s journey. He is interested in your success and happiness. He will not leave you to live all your life in disappointments and failure. He wants you to know that He matters to you. Any failure He allows must be for your good and for a purpose. This is how successful people see failure. Someone once said “successful people do not think that failure is inevitable (meaning failure can be avoided). The three Hebrew children are remembered for their belief that it is impossible for God to fail and that was their basis for success and survival in the land of Babylon.
Failure can also teach us things about ourselves that we would never have learned otherwise. For instance, failure can help you discover how strong a person you are. Failing at something can help you discover your truest friends, or help you find unexpected motivation to succeed.
Often, valuable insights come only after a failure. Accepting and learning from those insights is key to succeeding in life.
Conclusively, the wonderful thing about failure is that it’s entirely up to us to decide how to look at it. We can choose to see failure as “the end of the world,” or as proof of just how inadequate we are. Or, we can look at failure as the incredible learning experience that it often is. Every time we fail at something, we can choose to look for the lesson we’re meant to learn. These lessons are very important; they’re how we grow, and how we keep from making that same mistake again. Failures stop us only if we let them.
Prayer: For you to succeed is inevitable and to fail is impossible. The zeal of the Lord shall do this for you in 2014 in Jesus name, Amen.