Failure and Guilt are two words that go hand in hand. Generally we’ll find that they also come in that precise order as well, we’ll fail at something in particular then feel guilty afterwards. Although I believe there probably is a chance that you won’t feel guilty, that is only a slim possibility in reality as if we didn’t feel guilty after failure, we wouldn’t have really been serious about completing said task in the first place.
How many times have you tried to make a change in your life and found that you’ve given up after not succeeding? If you answered at least one, you are not alone! Believe me this is more common than you think and not something you should let define your choices. Whenever I think about “Failure” I always remember a quote I once read by none other than Michael Jordan.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
So next time you find yourself in a situation where you have failed, just remember that even the great sporting legends out there have had their failures as well.
So why do people generally give up after failing?
- Sometimes the guilt that comes after failure can be overwhelming for some people. When we fail something personal there are no other people to blame, so that guilt is sometimes multiplied making it feel worse.
- Fear of failing again. Once we fail at something once, its human nature to be worried about failing again. We are competitive by nature, and we all want to succeed when we try at something.
I could go on and on with the bullet points here however I think the two above are in my eyes the most prominent. The bottom line here that we all need to remember is that “Failure and Giving Up” are two separate things entirely. I’m finding that I’m failing with the consistency of my diet and getting enough protein. However each time I fail I learn from it and build a stronger base to work from.
The road to greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.
Remember failure is just another chance to get it right, it should never be treated as a reason to give up. If we gave up at every little failure in our life’s adventures we would have a very bland life for sure.