EVERYONE wants success, as everyone wants prosperity. And, yet, we all define such things so differently. One common factor we all have to face, however, is the prevalence of failure — we’ll all fall short of the marks of success and prosperity we set for ourselves. We’ll all be frustrated. We’ll all suffer grief.
Unless we redefine what success is…
— Winston Churchill
Success, as it happens, is all about attitude. It’s about what goes on between the ears and between the twelve inches between the head and the heart.
Enthusiasm, says the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is the key to success, because a person striding forward has no worry of constant failure. They know that, by faith, they’ll have their share of success. Why should they fear failure? They have the audacity to not be bothered by it. They’re no longer psyched out by performance pressure because of the prospect of defeat.
The ultimate faith: to keep stepping forward when all vision ahead and around is grief. When nothing makes sense, and the forlorn nature of life is contended with an unconscionable cheeriness, it’s not insanity in view, but the coolest courage.
As we walk with our heads held high in the midst of defeat we say something cogent to our world — we’ll be back… we’ll be okay… it’s not the end… the latest failure is fodder for future success. Some people are watching extra close. Some want to see us buckle, yet others are praying we’ll show them something they’ve never seen before. Still others know that our attitude will define more than simply our own success. Much can be made out of a cheerful attitude when in the grip of groaning. Our focus is on proving inspirational in our application of innovation.
If success is just resilience in the face of failure, we see success redefined in just being resilient.
Success is just a fancy word for strength; those that fail well have the best strength.
Failure is a sign of reality in a fallen world. We’ll all fail. Failing with dignity is simply about knowing it’s not the end, that there’s room for a smile, a laugh, for perspective.
Fear has no business with the person free to fail. Fear moves onto the next pushover. Fear decides who to cling to and it’s certainly not going to hang out with the courageous.
Let’s fail well, and have the pluck to look fear in the eye, and go on beyond it. Let’s learn to laugh in the face of fear, not to be derisive of the issues we need to take stock of, but to not let it affect our mental and emotional health. To remain positive.
To fail well is to fail honestly, to honour the truth, and to find joy even in disaster.
The successful have mastered how to fail. In mastering failure a person’s ready for success.
When there’s nothing more to lose, success has already been gained.
© 2015 Steve Wickham.