Failure is an Option



I was told recently that I needed to give myself permission to fail. Failure. It took me a few minutes to get my head around the concept. It was a physiotherapist who gave me these words of wisdom. I must admit I did not at first see them as wise words. My first thought was that here was another one in authority who wanted me to give up. I was wrong, she was right. I do need to give myself permission to fail and so do you. Failure is not giving up. There are things that I am unable to do at this time. Perhaps in the future I will be able to but not right now. I get frustrated because I have so much difficulty. I want to do it right, right now. That frustration is actually working against me. What I need to do is to acknowledge that it is difficult right now but that must not stop me from working at it continually. Eventually it should get easier. I will only completely fail when I stop trying.

 Once that goal is met I will make another one, and another one. I must always look forward but I have to admit that it is not going to be easy or quick. It is the journey that I am taking that is important not the destination. And yes, there will be failures on the way. I will learn from them and I will be stronger and wiser for it.


17 thoughts on “Failure is an Option

  1. Sheryl

    Someone once told me that I should always ask myself, “What can I do today?” It might not be what I did yesterday, and it might be less than what I will do tomorrow.


  2. scifihammy

    Wise words. 🙂
    It is really hard to accept failure, but it is the only way to grow and become stronger. You seem to be such a positive person, which is why you deal so well with your problems. After all, failure, or inability to do something today. does not mean tomorrow.
    I was very young when I realised I was never going to be able to run for a bus (asthma). But it was OK. Another bus would come along soon.


  3. MStrooper08

    I agree that “failure” as you put it (I call it acceptance – accepting where I’m at and what I can/can’t do) is important. It’s not the same as admitting defeat. Your blog is well worded and I thank you for the reminder 🙂


  4. Jill Dunbar

    You, of all the people I know, will never accept failure….

    With peace and love

    ~ Jill ~

    “Aspire to inspire before you expire”


  5. scottishmomus

    It’s a bit like making mistakes. It’s a way to learn. I’ve failed loads of times (resolutions etc). I’ve learned important things from those about my temperament and methods that work or don’t work for me. Plus, there’s some sruff I don’t care if I fail at. Can’t change a tyre. OK. Can’t run a mile. Good with that. I’ll walk. (or get the bus!) Failure is an option. Learning from it is an option. Giving yourself a hard time about it, no. There are enough people prepared to do that.
    Doing the best we can at any given time is success. Always.


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