Failure

Lack of success, giving up, quitting, defeated, inability to accomplish the task.

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. Laurence J Peter

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

    Failure has happened when we run out of time and do not achieve success. Whatever it was we sought or whatever reward was desired, will not happen. We have failed. There are no rewards or diplomas.

    Life is an opportunity. Our life begins and it runs its course. Were we a failure or a success? This is a tough concept to quantify. What constitutes a successful life or successful living?  What is success and what is failure? Simply speaking, failure is the lack of success.

    During our school days, we were required to learn various subjects. We either passed or failed based on our meeting certain minimum requirements. During the time allotted, we may have struggled from start to finish, but we passed our tests and passed the class. We did not fail. On the contrary, we may have been marginally passing but failed the exam and as a result we failed the class. In this sense, failure is not totally determined until the allotted time is over. We may be failing, but we have not failed until the opportunity to succeed has ended. Even after failing a first time, there may be opportunities to try again, and then if we pass, we may have been delayed, but we passed. We succeeded and avoided failure. “It is not over until it is over!”

    There is the sense of success and failure being determined by how well we do measured against our capabilities. If we are highly capable and fail to achieve highly, we are not very successful. If we are rather limited, but through hard work, perseverance, and a winning attitude, do well compared to abilities, we are successful. Succeeding and failing is more of an indication of how we are doing at any given moment. Failure or success is not really determined to the end.  

    Some of us are performing marginally compared to our capabilities. We are not living to our potential. We are not studying, learning and challenging ourselves as we should. It falls on our own shoulders to determine whether we are succeeding or failing at any point in time. Chances are if we are really trying, doing the best we can; then it is likely we are succeeding. If we are not putting the effort into our life we should, are we really succeeding? There is always opportunity for success until time is no more.

Challenge:  Chances are you can put more effort into your life than you have. What is preventing you? It requires continuous self-monitoring, measuring, and analyzing. There should be things you know you are doing well and things you know needs improving. Make a commitment to try little harder, try to make a little progress every day. Take on some of your weaknesses, chip away at them. The goal should be to grow a little every day. 

WisdomYou gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Spiritual: (NIV):

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

We must have a hunger and desire to become better than we are. Without this, we are not likely to make any significant progress in our life. We will remain stagnant and complacent. It is easier to be status quo than to venture forward. It takes effort to overcome inertia. The exciting truth is that God has a plan for us; he wants us to use our talents and abilities to accomplish good and worthwhile things. He will help us if we will but ask.

Prayer:  Help me to see and to know. Help me to become the person you designed me to be. Help me succeed.

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