Failure is not an option.
Looking forward and keeping our eye on the prize is an essential component to creating success in our lives.
As they say, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.
Yet there are moments along the way when we can get so fixated on the prize that we become unaware of the information in the present that can actually serve us as we venture along our path.
Yes, having a belief that failure is not an option has the power to propel us forward and give us the strength and fortitude to press on and create success when we’re faced with adversity.
However, there are also times when that same belief has the potential to keep us stuck and confused, unable to move.
When we hit the proverbial brick wall, it can indeed seem like a dead-end and give us a feeling of failure or of being wrong, and many times our solution is to just hit that wall harder and more often, in the hope that we will eventually break through.
If failure is not an option, what else can we do? Can we really entertain going back?
Although we would all like to believe that the path to freedom, success or even enlightenment is a straight line, many times it is just the opposite.
There are times in our lives when going back is actually the most effective way to move forward.
American author Mignon McLaughlin once wrote in her book, The Neurotic’s Notebook: “When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we just had one.”
If we tell ourselves the truth, there are times when we can see, in hindsight, that we should have taken a right instead of a left, and the suffering we are experiencing is simply the result of that choice.
It’s clearly time to turn around.
It’s important for us to learn the value of making a U-turn at times and face the short-term illusion of being wrong, so that we can return to the path we strayed from and remember why we started this journey in the first place.
In doing so, we will eventually get to reconnect with that part of ourselves that feels right again, and our perceived failures start to become a success.
Rather than believing that failure is not an option, maybe it would better serve us to entertain that our feeling of failure is simply a choice.
When we return to the beginning, we can sometimes see the right path to choose because of our perceived failures, rather than in spite of them.
Our mistakes then turn into wisdom and, eventually, that feeling of suffering is replaced with gratitude.
What are your thoughts? (comments below)