‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’ – Winston Churchill
Failure. It can be this large looming elephant in the room when it comes time to commit and make a decision. What if I’m wrong? What if it tanks? What if I’m not as good as I think I am?
Yet surprisingly, the fear of failure stems from pride. Because let’s be honest, there are times you will be wrong, some ideas you have will tank and you’re not always as good as you think you are. But if you pride yourself on being the best, on always having the right answer and on doing it to near perfection, then you have a gaping blind spot that will lead to a very painful yet sobering fall. And to the realization that: you are flawed. You’re ideas aren’t original, someone, somewhere else in the world was inspired by the same idea. God created the entire world and put everything in it, so it’s not really your idea in the first place.
This isn’t meant to be some harsh reality check, but it is meant to release you from a burden. The burdensome notion that somehow, failure is a reflection of who you are. The unexpected gift is that failure is merely like a compass, pointing you in the right direction to the truth that you are so much more than what you do. Don’t give failure more credit than it deserves. It’s merely an experience on the journey, one in which you always become truer to the authentic calling God equipped you for. One where you grow stronger, stay humble and strive for excellence.