When You Fail, Fail Forward

Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:74-75

Everybody fails, errs, and makes mistakes. You’ve heard the saying “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope wrote that over 250 years ago. And he was only paraphrasing an ancient saying that was common during the time of the Romans. Recently I came across something called “Rules for Being Human.” I think several of these describe well the state we’re in:

Rule #1: You will learn lessons.
Rule #2: There are no mistakes – only lessons.
Rule #3: A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Rule #4: If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.
Rule #5: You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.

You see, writer Norman Cousins was right when he said, “The essence of man is imperfection.” Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success. If we learn to embrace that new definition of failure, then we are free to start moving ahead – and failing forward.

Failure

FAILURE doesn`t mean – you are a failure
It means – you are not successful yet
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you accomplished nothing
It means – you have actually learned something
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you have been disgraced
It means – you were willing to try
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you don`t have it
It means – you have to do something but in a different way
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you are inferior
It means – you are not perfect
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you have wasted your life
It means – you have a reason to start afresh
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you should give up
It means – you must try harder
FAILURE doesn`t mean – you will never make it
It means – you will take a little longer
FAILURE doesn`t mean – GOD has abandoned you
it means – GOD has a BETTER way for you €¦..
Be courageful my friend!

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