FAILING IS NOT ALWAYS FAILURE
One of our junior Black belts sent this to me on Tuesday afternoon. Wise beyond their years.
But anyway this statement is so true. Just becuase you failed what you were doing doesn’t mean you are or what you did is a failure. It can simply mean that you have to try a different way or a different approach to accomplish what you set out to do. It might take you several failings before you get it right but that is okay. The most important thing to failing and not failure is that you are learning each attempt. Learning is a big part of life. Everything is achievable if you strive to learn and use what you learn. If you learned someething but don’t use it then you may as well have not learned it in the first place.
Failure occurs when you choose to be defeated. You choose not to learn from your mistakes. You don’t properly prepare yourself for what to come. To a certain extend failure is a choice you mad if you were in reasonable control of the variables to your success or failure. Obviously there is somethings we cannot control and that is also a part of failing but it doesn’t have to be a part of failure. Repeating the same failings because you choose not to learn from your mistakes can be considered failure. Failure is a state of being. We are in control of a lot of what goes on in our lives. Through our physical actions and mental attitude we dictate what may happen.
To sum it all up; you are only a failure if you allow failing to conquer you, if you see failing as failure, you choose not to learn and grow, and you simply just give up.
Master Jonathan Field