12 January 2015
At a time when many of us are working towards the goals and ambitions we set ourselves at the beginning of the year, there are bound to be some people who already feel discouraged. Sometimes life throws things at you that you never factored into your plans and you have to adapt and find new ways around those obstacles.
However, it’s important to never admit defeat. I think as humans we’re conditioned from a young age to fear failure. Think of the exams you took as a child and the pressure on your shoulders to perform well. Yet failure is something we all experience in life. It’s inevitable. What’s not is the ability to use it to our advantage. Reflecting on the past, I can see it was a skill I lacked at times too. Now, however, I try to question what lessons I can learn from failure. What do I know now that I didn’t before? How can I use this knowledge to improve something; whether that’s me as a person or something happening around me?
It was Winston Churchill who once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”, and I think it’s an important mantra to carry with you through life. Don’t let the knocks knock you down. Give them some thought and figure out how to avoid them next time.