Doing Failure the Right Way

Doing Failure the Right Way

I hate failure. I would probably rather have someone punch me in the throat than fail. Unless the test is whether I can take a punch to the throat, then I wouldn’t want that either.

I would bet you feel this way about failure. You probably hesitate to try some things unless you know there is a high possibility you will win or quit just in case you might.

But my guess is that if you have lived for almost any amount of time, you have failed at something.

But failure, as weird as it sounds, can be done right.

5 things you can do to move past failures

Even though you don’t like to fail, you can do failure in a way that moves you forward instead of keeping you stuck in a rut. Here are five things you can do to help you move past your failures.

  1. Acknowledge it was your fault. The reason failure might be so hard on you is because it actually was your fault. Keeping that bottled in will not help. Acknowledging it was your fault will help you stop trying to blame others and your circumstance around you for what happened and in turn help you move on.
    • Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
  2. Once you have owned up to the fact that it was your fault you need take steps to make it right. The biggest step is to ask for forgiveness from all those affected. And the primary person always affected is God. Ask Him for forgiveness He is waiting.
    • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
  3. Remember that that God is always at work, even in failures.
    • Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  4. Don’t place your identity or value in whether you succeed or fail. Keep God and the center.He is all you will ever need.
    • Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  5. You don’t have to carry the burden of failure. Give it to Jesus. He is strong enough to carry them. Pride will say you can do this on your own. But you can’t.
    • Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Failures and regrets are not easy to get past but these are usually the events that God uses to grow us the most. If done right, failure can actually help you become the person you are meant to be.