I was talking with a man this week that told me the incredible story of his work history. This man is clearly an entrepreneur and is wired to be creative. At one point in his life he landed his dream job. He was the president of a company; he was having fun at work, making a lot of money, and really enjoying life.
In the blink of an eye he found himself without a job, no income, bills to pay, and a family to support. He felt like a failure. He had messed up everything. What would you do if that happened to you? You see, what you do with failure shows your true character. What you do when you fail determines the kind of person you are and who you will become. Here are some things to consider when you fail:
First, at some point in your life you will fail at something. If you are anything like me you will have multiple failures in life. So get ready and think about how you will handle failure. As a friend of mine often says, “Life is full of failures so buy a helmet”. In other words, understand failure is part of life and prepare for it.
Second, what lessons can you learn from failure? When you do fail, stop and examine what happened. As John Maxwell says, you don’t get knocked to the floor very often but while you’re down there, clean up something. Figure out what went wrong and learn from it.
Third, don’t let failure cause you to fear the future. Remember the man I spoke about earlier? He took his failure, learned some lessons, cleaned up some things while he was down on the floor, and is now the president of his own company…doing what he loves and enjoying a wonderful life. Failure didn’t scare him, it challenged him to push harder.
So, when failure happens, learn from your mistakes, get out your mop and clean up some things while you are knocked down, and ask God to give you strength to stand up and charge ahead.
In Psalm 18 we read: God arms me with strength, and He makes my way perfect. So take God at his word. Not only will he provide strength during times of failure but He will help you get back on track.