Every day, multiple times a day, we are given the opportunity to learn and grow. Every action we take, every choice we make, provides us with growth. And the way we grow the most? Mistakes.
Adjust your golf swing, take a different route to work, implement another exercise into your routine, remove sugar from your diet, wake up an hour early. Every day you are given choices—sleep in or wake up, take the highway or the backway, work overtime or work on your golf swing—and every day you have the chance to learn. Pay attention to your decisions, your actions, and recognize how they impact your life and those around you. Then, take a minute to reflect on whether those were the best choices. Some mistakes aren’t clear cut. Some take reflection and awareness to recognize. It takes even more skill to admit it was the wrong choice, and conviction to change your course of action going forth.
But here’s a tip for you: there is no such thing as failure.
Believe it or not, failing is a gift. Nobody has ever gone through life without making a single mistake. And if you think they did, it’s because they turned those mistakes into an opportunity to grow. They saw failure as a challenge, a forced reroute option on their way to success. According to David and his Sweet 16 Compass to Success: Every Single Experience Is a Chance to Grow.
You can either be the type of person who turns “failures” into lessons learned, or you can ignore them and the opportunity they provide you. The choice is yours.
What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? This time, don’t let insanity win. Create different results. Those mistakes or “failures” that you think define who you are, are only notches in your tree where branches broke off. Let them fall. Keep learning and you’ll keep growing.