Embracing Failure As A Success
breaking limiting beliefs that stifle God’s progress
What does embracing failure as success look like? I can tell you, it’s nothing like I thought it would be. In fact, I never even considered success could be found in the failure parts of my story. Yet, now, God is teaching me how to count all my self-imposed losses as wins.
Fear of Failure
My greatest fear in failing has always been rejection, but failure holds many fears. The fear of missed opportunities. The fear of letting God down. The fear of judgement, or not honoring our word. Even the fear that we really are not who God says we are. Perhaps you see yourself in one or all of those. I definitely have entertained a few of them in my lifetime. And I’ve known a few friends who won’t even verbalize their goals for fear of having to face another defeat.
How Does Failure Bring Success
I have found embracing failure as a success a lot like the process of learning to walk. An infant begins learning to walk the moment they starts holding up their head. Babies go from pushing up their chest, to sitting, and standing, then cruising along furniture. Their first steps are wobbly and limited. The end result is walking, but the purpose of the process was to develop their core strength.
According to breakingmuscle.com our core acts as a stabilizer and a force transfer center. It protects the spine and surrounding muscles from injury, and it transfer energy, and produces movement while maintaining stability.
Flipping Failure On Its Head
While our goals may be to write the book, lose the weight, finish school or launch the business. I believe with God, the process is ultimately to develop our core — that relationship between Him and us. Because that relationship is the source of protection, equipping, and stabilizing us under the weight of the success we’re after.
Since the Bible says, The steps of the righteous are ordered by God. Could it be, friend, that we’ve landed right where we were supposed to land all along? If we continue to get up as predicted in scripture (the righteous will fall seven times, but they will rise again) then can we really consider it a failure at all? Or is it simply the process to strengthening our core?
What Embracing Failure Looks Like
If we don’t expect an infant to run, than should you or I expect whatever we are birthing in our personal or professional lives to take off in a sprint? I have recently learned three important ways to look at failure.
- Phase One: Amy Porterfield recently shared in a Facebook live that everything she does for the first time she considers a phase one; which means she goes into it knowing there will be improvements. We don’t know what we don’t know. So by looking at everything as an opportunity to improve it elminates the lie that we’ve only got one shot to succeed.
- Just Get Going: Stu McLaren says every successful entrepreneu realizes they don’t have to get it right they only have to get it going. Launching is half the battle. The opportunity for growth only comes once it is released. Our own limiting beliefs of perfection can freeze momentum.
- Look at the Gain not the Gap: Michael Hyatt taught us in my recent mastermind that when our goal isn’t reached, we should not measure how far we missed the mark, but look back and measure how far we grew. I may not be where I want to be, but I am definitely not where I used to be.
Embracing failure as success is nothing like I thought it would be. It’s about welcoming the missed marks so we can see the potential to do better, improve, and gain more knowledge. Scripture says, God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or image, according to His power that is at work within us, proves that our misses are simply core increasing opportunities. Friend the power to do all that you and God have set out to do is already within you. He’s just building that core relationship so you can do it together.
Keep up the journey friend,
I was living in limbo for 3 months and just got breakthrough. Join me LIVE in Remade Community’s closed Facebook group. You can view the replay video where I share more in-depth about what I learned from a recent failure.
I would love to hear from you in the comments below about some limiting beliefs you may have in regards to what success or failure looks like in your life.