Everyone has been there.
You make your plans, you prepare, you plot out the details of the effort you are going to put forth, and then you put it all into action. Your heart, soul, and mind all work together to achieve a goal.
But then something doesn't go quite right.
The payoff you wanted never comes to fruition. Whether it be over a long period of time or in an instant, you don't get to the finish line you had hoped to reach.
You failed and the feeling you are left with is far from hopeful.
Failure can happen in many aspects of life, but you probably already know that. You can fail at your job, relationships or the pursuit of, personal projects, your education, the list goes on and on.
I've found myself taking more risks in life during the latter part of my 20s. When I began to do so, I was under the naive impression that more risks equaled greater success. While that might be true in the long run, the short term effects have been the exact opposite. My increase in risks has merely led to an increase in failure.
And that is exactly how risk taking works.
The true value of failure is something that I only began to grasp at the beginning of this year and I am still in the process of completely understanding. I would argue that failure has more purpose than success does.
It forces us to grow, to accept reality, to be better at who we were created to be. It's the slap in the face telling us to rethink our plan of action or even our intentions. It's the foul tasting medicine that we don't want to take, but need to because it will make us better later on.
It can even provide motivation. A recent failure pushed me to create this blogpost.
Failure is rarely pleasant, but it has become something that I welcome; quick and easy success has become something that I don't. Very little is learned from the latter.
There's a new piece of music that I've been working on the past few weeks that I'm really excited about and I can't wait for others to hear it. I'm taking a few risks with the recording. There are a handful of new instruments and other elements that I've never used in a song. It's definitely a different style than anything else I've ever done and the whole thing could be a big mess in the end when all is said and done.
I don't worry about that though.
Sometimes the only failure is not even trying.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.