Failure: Dealing with it.

Failure: Dealing with it. August 6, 2011

Being in ministry, I have faced failure over and over again, whether it was going over budget, planning an event in which no one showed up too, or bombing a Sunday morning message…

Unfortunately I plan on facing much more failure… Though when failure happens, the problem isn’t the fact that we failed, it’s how we deal with this failure… Here’re a few quick ways in which we can choose to deal with our failure whether it be in ministry, our faith, or just life in general…

1.     Grow from it: take out the lessons learned… make the best of a sour situation by learning from your mistakes. (“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”)

2.     Move on from it: there’s a time to sulk and there’s a time to just move on… protect yourself from getting stuck in the same place for too long. One of my favorite quotes is, “Getting hurt is inevitable, but living like a victim is a choice.” In the same when failure hurts… and failure is inevitable, but it’s our choice as to how long we’re going to sit on it, and or how quick we’re going to move on and forward…

3.     Own up to your mistakes: One of the hardest things in failure can be acknowledging your part in the failure… piggy backing off of the first point, you can’t change something without acknowledging what you need to change… acknowledge your mistakes.

4.     Don’t be afraid of it: Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Simply put, get back up and get back in. Life goes on with or without you… choose to go with…

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