“Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.” – H. Stanley Judd
Addicts and alcoholics have a tendency of beating themselves up after they have failed. Other times they don’t even try because the fear of failure is greater than what they perceive the reward to be. Failing is really something that humans have labeled. You will never see an animal not try because they worry they will fail. They may have a healthy fear of getting hurt, but never because of the embarrassment of failure. When we put down the bat, humble ourselves, and admit we have made a mistake; we are more likely to grow from that experience and do better next time.
If we never fail at anything we would never be able to grow. Many times our greatest knowledge is learned exactly from the greatest failings we have experienced. Many times people put great power into the words fail, failing, and failure. When we look closer at what "fail" really means we see a different perception of the word. Fail: To be unsuccessful in achieving one's goal. If an addict or alcoholic has relapsed, they have failed their specific goal of staying clean and sober. This does not mean they are failures as a whole.
Trying After You Fail
The important thing is to keep trying and never let what others think stop you, even if you fail. Never stop trying, even if you have failed that goal multiple times. A person’s true character is their ability to be honest, courageous, humble, and act with integrity through life’s situations. You will never know what great things you can accomplish if you don’t try first. There are no gaurantees in life; we just try our best to do the next right thing first. Always remember, you are not alone, everyone has failed. How will you take your failure to benefit yourself and others today?
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