You Want To Fail Sometimes

When is the last time you were in a slump? Oh, you’ve been there before. We all have. You try and try and try, but just can’t seem to get it right. It could be a health goal like losing weight or a business goal like turning a profit. Maybe it’s a school goal like getting an A. Like I said we’ve all been there.

I didn’t mean to put you in a bad state of mind, coercing you to reminisce about your failures. On the contrary, I’d like to suggest to you that your failures and mine are all part of a positive bigger picture. Afterall without failing there is no success.

The Great Bambino, Babe Ruth once said that “every strike brings me closer to the next home run”. That’s chilling, isn’t it? In a good way. Here you have one of the best home run hitters in the history of baseball explaining in one sentence how he perceives failure.

You see Babe Ruth may have started out as a pitcher, but by the end of his career, he was known as The Sultan of Swat. A guy you lean on when you need the ball knocked out of the park. With these words, he is telling us that he knows what his job is and he also knows that he isn’t going to get it done by standing there watching the ball cruise past him.

This is a person who knows that it’s just a matter of time before he gets what he wants, and he’s warning pitchers that they best not get too happy when he whiffs. This is a remarkable metaphor for life, isn’t it? When life throws you a fastball you swing.

If you’ve had success in the past this will come easier to you. You’ve already lived that moment. You can use your memories as motivation. If you’ve yet to accomplish a particular goal yet, no sweat. Striking out its part of the game. You have to be in it to win it. Just remind yourself that every missed attempt is an opportunity to get a hit. There is a tipping point, however.

Yes, with the good comes the bad, but fortunately the bad here leads back to good. I’ll explain. I’d be irresponsible to suggest to you that based solely on determination you will reach your goal. That isn’t true.

Some people are naturals at certain things. Others have to work hard to be good at something. If you aren’t a natural you need to have the skills. You also have to enjoy what you are doing. Even the “naturals” need guidance to smooth out the rough edges.

The moral of the story here is, yes dedication and determination will get you out of your slump, but if you’ve never had or are lacking the skills to succeed you’ll need to work on those issues in unison. Some times it’s the brain, sometimes it’s the mechanics holding you back. Either way, failing should motivate you to find out what the problem is and so you can fix it.

[Feature Photo by Nathaniel Yeo on Unsplash ]

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