Failure is a Stepping-Stone Towards Success

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Article by Wendy McCance

Have you ever had a moment where you feel like you are at a crossroad and somehow the right words fall into your lap?  I tend to be the type of person who works hard towards a goal, see progress, then see a lack of any more forward movement and take that opportunity to stop, regroup and reflect.  I have found that if I quiet my mind and pay attention to what is around me, the answers or at least the right motivational words tend to appear.

This last few months have been quite a whirlwind of activity.  My busy schedule has suddenly lifted and I am left with that feeling of what should I do next?  I have begun to cherish these moments since I have learned how to make the most of them.  Downtime is a time to refresh your mind and create some new ways to go after your goals.

I tend to take time to organize the house and organize my work files.  I will do some reading and research to center myself again towards what I want to achieve.  I find that if I can’t see clutter around me, and if my mind is clear and focused, I can get back on track and make some more progress towards what I am focused on.

I happened to read an article that talked about how to look at failure.  Personally, I found the idea of looking at failure as something not to dread, but instead to celebrate as fascinating.

Everyone has had goals they have faced where you worked hard, picked up steam and then just sort of hit a plateau.  You no longer saw any more movement towards your goal.  What you had been working so hard at became stagnant.  This is the moment where many people give up.  They don’t know what else they can do.  Since they seem to be suddenly at the peak of their abilities, they quit.  They are bored and no longer inspired to continue to work at something that seems to have gone as far as it could possibly go.  Sound familiar?

This is the moment that you should be feeling goosebumps of excitement not disappointment and failure.  When you reach that point where you feel like you have gone the distance, you are truly on the brink of a major event.  If you have patience and faith in yourself, the world will open up with some amazing possibilities.  You will eventually reach your goal if you just stick with it.

I have read so many stories of people on the brink of quitting and the amazing turnaround that happened to them.  They couldn’t see what was in store for them, but were so grateful that they stuck it out a bit longer.

The best story of this phenomenon that I read recently was of Gabby Douglas, the olympic gymnast.  She had been away from her family for a year training with a host family.  She was bored and homesick.  She called her mom asking to come home.  She figured she would get a job at the local fast food joint and train as a runner.  Her mom and the host family were able to convince her to stick with gymnastics.  They supported her and got her back on track.  She ended up with incredible success at the olympic games (to say the least).  Who would have guessed she almost blew such an incredible achievement?

So, here I am in the midst of pushing on towards my goals.  As I have taken a moment to reflect on where I have been and where I am heading, I keep finding these articles full of inspiring tales that have motivated me to stay focused and on track.  I hope that these tidbits of wisdom help you as well to accomplish all that you are aiming for in your own life. 🙂


Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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12 thoughts on “Failure is a Stepping-Stone Towards Success

  1. We could probably all meet at the corner of Indecision and Doubt…. I know I bounce back and forth between “I can”, “I can’t” and “I don’t have time”…LOL. I always love reading your blogs though Wendy because they are always a little bit of you, and reality is refreshing! 😀

    • When you look at it like that, I don’t think it’s a failure because you have grown from the experience. It just might not be the outcome you were expecting. 🙂

  2. Wendy, I am at just such a crossroads. I need to reorganize. Keep the good and let go of some of what is holding me back by consuming my time. One of my favorite Bible verses is, “When you have been through the refining fire you will come out of pure gold. I think it’s in one of the prophets. I may not even have the wording exactly right. But the meaning is the same. Don’t quit. “Just have one more try; it’s dead easy to die; it’s keeping on living that’s hard.”

  3. I was never allowed to quit at anything when I was growing up, it served me well, if I hit a wall I simply get mad and find my way through it. I know everyone has to find their own way through those moments, but this works for me. When the next one pops up, I can look back and tell myself I made it through the last and will do so again, then I keep going. Good luck working through yours.

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