On a scale of 1-10, how much of a failure are you?
1 = Beyond awesome and perfectly flawless
5 = I experience both failure and success
10 = I suck at life. All. The. Time.
Most of us would probably put ourselves in the middle. We don’t like to (or want to) fail, but it happens. We also experience success.
You see, there’s this thing about failure. We fear it more than anything. It cripples us to consider it. It knocks the wind out of us to even imagine it happening.
You’ve got to rid yourself of that fear.
A couple days ago I had the privilege of guest posting for Church Mag on “How To Fail As A Worship Leader In 10 Easy Steps”. I would encourage you to head over there and contribute to the dialogue.
In that tongue-in-cheek post I outlined how failure as a worship leader is more about bad habits than it is about big mistakes on stage. But the question begs to be asked, “What happens if you do fail?”
You fall short?
Lose your job?
Your worship set becomes train wreck central?
Your leadership is questioned?
The Truth About Successful People
I’ve failed many times – more than I’d like to admit. Like the one time I said “crap” instead of “clap”. Big difference between lifting up a “crap” and lifting up a “clap”.
The most successful people aren’t successful because they never fail. They’re successful because they’ve harnessed failure to their advantage.
Try it. Evaluate the people you look up to the most. I guarantee you, they learned how to recover from failure.
You see, there’s a right way and a wrong way to respond to it.
Failure happens. But what you do after moments of failure makes all the difference.
Why failure can be the best thing for you
- It reveals a weak area you can improve
- It teaches you humility
- It creates space for others to step in where you’re weak
- It illuminates how much you need God
- It provides opportunity for feedback
Failure doesn’t benefit you when:
- You don’t change
- You give up
- You remain proud
- You don’t include others
- You turn your back on God
As John Maxwell says, the next time you fail, fail forward. Keep going. Submit to the underlying lesson and become better.
This is far from easy, but your full potential relies on it.
Question: how has failure made you a better person? You can leave a comment by clicking here.