Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius is one of my favorite sources for quotes. He truly is an inspiration. When I think about history, I am amazed at the wisdom our forefathers and foremothers learned ahead of us. It would be wise of all of us to learn from those that opened the doors we have access to today.
The accurate measure of us is not how well we do when things are going exactly the way we want them to; it is how well we do things when things are not going so well.
Each time you fail, you learn. Each time you learn from these failures, you learn what does not work to push toward your goals. So take heart. Failure is learning, as long as you don’t fail the same way repeatedly. Then you show you are failing and learning nothing from these failures.
When trying something new, remind yourself that there is always a way. There is another door you can go through, another way to write that paragraph, another way to build that tool. There are websites, tutorials, people, and books you can read for inspiration. Perhaps you failed because you were missing one of the puzzle pieces required to finish your task. Find that missing puzzle piece and try again.
If you keep putting effort to the task at hand, you will finish it. You just have to keep trying. Quitting can become a horrible habit and crutch. When you quit, you stop learning. You stop progressing. You accept that you are not good enough, not smart enough, or not talented enough. When this happens, you are lost.
Be stubborn. Be resilient. Be persistent.
Keep going. You have nothing to lose by trying. You have everything to lose if you quit. When you quit, you have truly lost. So don’t quit.
Until next time…