(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)
By: Sharon Branch – Contributor
If you have ever failed at anything, then you know that awful, embarrassing feeling, which follows. Who likes to fail, right? Then, there are those overwhelming thoughts of having lost your integrity, self-worth, respect and the rest. But do you know that failure is a part of success and that it’s not how many times you fail but whether you get up and try again? I have never met anyone who didn’t fail tons of times before succeeding. You are not a failure, you are on your way to success but only if you keep trying. Failure is not final, try again.
I enjoy watching documentaries that reveal the hidden world of wild animals but one group which takes the cake is the lion. I admire their dominance: stalking and hunting techniques and their determination to succeed, as they target the weak and defenseless.
I sit on the edge of my seat, hardly daring to breathe as the hunter scopes out the scene, inches forward on his belly, with eyes focused on the target. Then, believing he is close enough, he jumps “out of the blocks” and chases after the unsuspecting prey.
I would silently cheer on my ‘friend’ and finally breathe when I realize he has escaped. I smile, glad that the predator has lost, at least on this occasion. The chasing game for my ‘friend’ is over but the desire to find food has now started. The nature of the lion is not to roll over and play dead; if he does, this defeatist attitude would cause his demise. He might fail on one hunting spree but giving up is not an option for him.
A few months ago an acquaintance said to me:
If a man fails 1000 times, this does not make him a failure. He becomes a failure when he refuses to try again.
Our problem is we surrender after failing once or a few times.
In life, there are many ‘prey’ we have to target and ultimately conquer. They include but are not limited to, health setbacks, financial struggles, and relational challenges.
I know of a lady who was in a dating relationship. Her spouse called it quits and moved on, but she stopped trying and refused to live, not even taking care of her personal hygiene. She built a wall around herself, stopped going to work, refused to socialize and spent her days sitting and looking through the window. Her chasing game was over but like the lion, she should have scoped out the scene once again, proceeded cautiously and take the lunge.
- Can you imagine a lion, unsuccessful in catching its prey, grieving over the failure?
- Can you imagine him hungry, yet saying, “Since I have failed on this first occasion, I will continue to fail?”
- Can you hear him saying, “It makes no sense trying again, let me starve to death?”
Of course not! If this does not happen in the animal world, why should we allow it to happen in our lives? God has created us with far more intelligence than they and if they never give up, why should we? We should be willing to keep trying until we succeed.
Even the natural instinct of children teaches them to rise again. During the walking stage, no matter how many times they fall, they desire to walk as adults do. They fall over, cry and move again. Yet, many of us fall over, cry and stay in that position, wallowing in self-pity.
When you fail, it may not be as bad as you think. See it as an opportunity to grow. In fact, failure is like the wings of a newborn bird; a little struggling at first but the more the chick flaps its wings, the stronger it becomes. The more you fail, the more it should be in your resolve to succeed. Be a lion, today! Be hungry enough to try again.
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