“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Success happens 99% of the time after you’ve failed and given up on some possibilities. Yes, it’s important to know when to give up. When it comes to life persistence is a big part of being successful. Einstein, Michelangelo and Thomas Edison all did some amazing things. It’s said that Edison tried over 100 times to make the light bulb work. He could have tried and tried to make #52 work, but it just wouldn’t so he had to know when to stop and move on to #53. We too have to know when it’s been enough and we have to stop and accept failure.
But as Roosevelt and others have pointed out, a failure is only that so long as you don’t get up and move on.
I’m a big believer in allowing failures. We’re not perfect. The sooner we admit and accept that the sooner we can start working towards the successes. It’s OK to admit you married the wrong person, you’re in the wrong job, you made a bad decision with your last hair cut or tattoo, or you need to be a better parent. It’s not OK to leave the bad stuff alone and keep on living as is. When we live stagnant lives we become apathetic and feel unfulfilled in life. I know, I’ve been there. Maybe you’re there.
If you are there, feeling stuck and unfulfilled, the first step is to discover what the failure is. Then it’s time to take action. It’s great to know what the problem is but if you don’t do anything about it, it’s not really worth the trouble of figuring out what’s wrong. Then you have to make changes to the way you’ve been going about the situation. If you’re tired of being overweight you need to make a change in your eating, exercising or life habits. If you’re unhappy in your relationship you need to discuss it with your partner, work on it with a coach/pastor/therapist, or choose to go your separate ways.
Failure and success are both normal parts of our lives that we need to accept and work with. Don’t give up because you failed, try again because there’s another way to do things.