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Your Relationship with Failure

One of the biggest obstacles for people to grow, improve, or succeed is their relationship with failure.

We have to be okay with “short-term failure” and use it as a stepping stone to reach our goals. (Think of short-term failures as the results we get in a particular situation or action.)

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley

When we aggressively fail striving after something good, that’s healthy. It in necessary, inevitable, and often out of our control.

What we don’t need to be okay with is “long-term failure”. (Think of long-term failures as the culmination of something happening over a period of months or years). Long-term failure is usually dictated by your continual habits, decisions, and the environments you put yourself in.

When we fail because we do not flee a sinful situation, carelessly continue the same poor lifestyle choices, or surround ourselves with low character people, there is no pride in that.

To recap: failure WILL happen. If you are aggressively pursuing your goals, failure will be evident. Use it as a tool! But put yourself in situations, create habits, and surround yourself with people that will be long-term POSITIVES for your life and create long-term success!

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