I feel like before I can actually get into this post, I should address the fact that I’m wearing short sleeves in these photos and there’s snow on the ground.
Let me assure you that I was not freezing during these photos. Where I live, the weather has been really up and down recently. And despite the snow you see all over the landscape, it was nearly 50 degrees on the day that I shot these. By the time I finished taking them, the snow had practically turned into a massive pile of slush.
Now that that’s out of the way, I feel like this is a good point to segue into the topic of today’s post: failure.
Failure is subject I’ve talked about on the blog before; however, it has been been nearly a year since I published my latest piece about it. And to me, that seems like a long enough stretch of time.
To get into it, I think I’d like to start with a quote that basically encapsulates what this post is about. You’re probably just about sick and tired of me writing blog posts about motivational quotes, and I can’t really say that I blame you. But this quote is so perfect for what I want to say that I feel like it would be a shame not to include it.
Unsurprisingly, I found this little gem on Pinterest. I spent a while (why did I say a while? It was seriously, like, 5 minutes) trying to find a source to attribute it to. But the internet had nothing for me.
“The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one.”
Isn’t that just the perfect way to describe the fear of failure? Being too afraid to make a mistake? I don’t know about you. But for me personally, that quote hits the nail right on the head.
I think failure (or really the idea of it) holds us back in a lot of the different aspects of our lives. It lulls us under the idea that doing something wrong or coming up short is the worst possible thing that we could do. That by putting ourselves in risky situations, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
And I guess in a sense we are. Anytime we enter a dicey scenario, we are allowing failure to become a possibility. We are putting ourselves on a path that is full of potential mistakes.
But when it comes down to it, the mistakes that we make when we take risks are different than the mistakes that we make when we don’t take risks. Because those mistakes show that we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones and gave something an authentic try.
Instead of fearing the idea of giving something an honest effort and failing, we should fear the idea of never taking the risk to give it a try in the first place. When you put your effort into something that doesn’t work out, the important thing to remember is that you actually made the effort.
That being said, I think it’s important that we all start to find some comfort in failure. Because by becoming comfortable with failure, we can reduce that innate fear of trying and failing. And by reducing that fear, we’ll be more inclined to try things that we have the possibility of failing at, which can ultimately help us become more successful.
Let’s learn to embrace failure for what it really is: something we must be willing to experience if we want to achieve highest goals.
Black Tee: Target (similar)
Flannel: Style & Co
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed!
What is your approach to failure?
FYI: The shoes pictured in this post were sent to me for free as part of a sponsored Instagram post; however, this post itself was not sponsored. I’m wearing the shoes because I like them, and I just wanted you all to know that.