You Should Plan to Fail
Is Failure Necessarily a Bad Thing?
Last week we talked about luck. We talked about how those that put in the effort that others aren’t willing to put in are those that just happen to be luckier than everyone else. Of course diving in deep we see that it isn’t luck at all; instead it’s the fact that if you want something you have to go for it. If you desire the perfect future, now is the time to create it.
Today we need to look at the opposite side of that coin. Today we need to look at what happens when you’re not lucky; when the opposite happens. Today, we are going to take a look at what happens when you fail. Because it’s going to happen, no matter how hard we try, no matter how hard we prepare, no matter how many precautions we take, failure happens.
Plan to Fail; Fail Fast
Now here’s the issue, we’re not talking about developing a plan that ultimately results in failure. Unless you’re trying to make a flop of a stage production, failure is never the goal. But we have to plan to fail so that when we do fail, we understand the consequences.
The best part about planning to fail is that even so, you’re not a failure.
The Mindset of a Failure vs. the Mindset of a Learner
There are two types of people in this world. There are those that see failure as a learning experience, and those that see failure as a final result. The former can pull themselves up and do better the next time, the latter often don’t even attempt a next time. Let’s explain.
Suppose you’re a fantastic athlete. You’re the star of the show, and everything goes your way. You carry the team. Since you’re so naturally talented, you stop putting in the effort. Your workouts are minimal, your practice is half-hearted, and your rehearsals for the game are lackluster. When the game comes, you still go all out, and for a while you do great. Eventually, riding it out doesn’t work. Your performance slips, and you’re left thinking maybe you don’t have the natural talent you once thought you did. You fail, and suddenly it’s over. You’re no longer a somebody, but now a nobody.
On the other hand, let’s suppose you’re a mediocre athlete. You give it your best, and you consistently come up short. You commit to working harder, practicing longer, and trying to be better. Even when you still fail, you recognize that the fun is in the journey; the fun is in the competition. Even when you don’t win, it’s still fun. You may go on to become a star, or you may continue along as a good player but not a great player. It doesn’t matter, because that failure doesn’t define you.
How Will You React to Failure?
When it comes down to it, we’re all going to fail. Are you planning to fail once and for good; or are you planning to learn from the failure and find your joy in the journey and the competition?
Don’t strive to fail, strive for perfection (at least when you miss you’ll achieve excellence); but plan to fail so that your identity isn’t wrapped up in the failure.