Life is about being a scientist. Scientists test hypothesis and they view everything as an experiment. They either get the result they wanted or they are able to take notes and make some small adjustments to try again.
This brings to mind the Thomas Edison quote floating around the internet. It says something to the effect of “I have not failed. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways how NOT make a light bulb.” As an inventor, Thomas Edison kept going. He did not let the disappointment of a failed attempt stop him from continuing on his path to create his invention which would change the world.
We get so caught up in our failures that we never see the lesson to improve for the next time. Instead, we are too busy beating ourselves up, if we would have done this or why didn’t we try that mentality. We need to get out of this mindset and look at the situation as a learning opportunity.
The simplest thing we can do is view life as an experiment. Take the pressure off of ourselves and let go of the need for everything to be perfect.
The truth is, life is messy. It doesn’t always go the way we planned.
We get so disappointed when things don’t go our way. Some of us even get angry, frustrated, and feel let down. Take a minute to breath and relax in these situations. Know that these moments are meant to test us. Realize we are more frustrated or disappointed in ourselves. We think that if we would have just done things differently than we would be getting a more favorable result.
The reality of the matter is, if we don’t get the result we wanted, we can at least learn a lesson from it that allows us to grow. These so called failures are lessons in disguise.
We get stuck on viewing these mishaps as failures when they are truly meant to build character. Some of us may never learn the lesson and continue to repeat the same failure over and over again. Those that learn the lesson eventually reach success.
Successful people don’t get caught up in their failures. They keep putting one foot in front of the other to continue to move forward. Any roadblocks they might hit are small blips in the big scheme of things. They work through struggles and take notes to improve for next time. This keeps them on the path to achieving success. Viewing failures as lessons allows them to persevere.
Failed attempts are simply a part of the process. Scientists may try thousands of times before they succeed. Choose to live life as an experiment.
Life is meant to be lived. Not spent stressing over minor “failures” that simply chalk up to life not going exactly the way we planned. Receive the lesson and move on. It is all we can do.
Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to but at least we can be the scientist. We can experiment and continue to learn.