I failed. For the first time in a long time, a plan made was a flop. A project that I orchestrated, managed, promoted, and even prayed about, crashed and burned. It was disconcerting to say the least. To be honest, I’ve been on a pretty good run. I know this won’t sound modest or humble, but I have been succeeded on pretty much everything I’ve been working on. So you can imagine my chagrin when I failed. I spent a couple of days licking my wounds and enjoying an elaborately staged “pity party,” and then I got back to work. As I analyzed my crash, I was pleased to discover, (with the help of my wise coach) that my failure was actually the success.
- I regained a large amount of time that I’d been investing in the project
- I helped the my clients to recognize why something wouldn’t work
- I learned a lesson about securing resources before I take on a project
- I took one more step in clarifying the key areas where I can make an impact
- I gained this opportunity to model the skill of “failing forward”
The cliché is, “if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.” I am proud to say that thanks to my recent past, I’m trying hard enough. It is good to know that even our disappointments contain value if we look at them carefully enough. Thanks to the lessons learned, my failure was the success!