Why Failure IS an Option

Why Failure IS an Option

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius

I asked myself, “when have I failed?”

My answer, “When I’ve tried something outside my limitations, gone beyond my knowledge.”

When have I succeeded? What did it look like?

When I’ve done a behavior that has worked and repeated it over and over; this was to achieve the result I saw as success. Sit with that a second…

How did you figure out how the “thing” that worked? Did you try other methods that didn’t work first?

When I had exhausted all my known ways, I tried something outside my comfort zone. I had no concern with failure. That’s not to say I wasn’t aware of failure, I chose to not let that stop me. I pushed past it, until I found something that did work. I kept at it, with a tenacity that helped me to get the results I wanted, despite fails.

I moved past all my excuses as well. Setting those aside, if they did arise, I saw finding an answer much more interesting that sitting in the failure and stopping there.

I said, “I’ll figure it out until its not a failure.” So, failure was an option, and did happen. I saw it and chose to keep going.

I found a repeatable result and called this “success.”  So, Success is a repeatable result and failure is not finding the answer. That’s it. No more, no less… For me. For now.

When to Quit

And then, there are times to quit. When I’ve tried everything within my awareness, grown my awareness and knowledge, tried new methods, and the situation causes more harm than good… I can find no joy, I’m creating more harm than good in myself, and probably others. I have to take a larger view. Maybe this is a piece to the greater puzzle, but not the end, just some hyper focused step IN the journey. The question now is, “what’s next?”

So, my question today is, am I causing my good than harm, for myself in all my endeavors? Is the struggle interesting enough to find the answer?

Yes. Yes, it is.

How I made the Hand Molded Soaps

Because I failed many, many times and didn’t stop the results are my Sorcery Soaps and Sorcery Soap Dough.

 

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