Seth Godin’s Thoughts on Failing

I read Seth Godin’s blog everyday. I’ve talked before about some of Seth’s posts. He is one of those utterly hateable people who can turn out concise, excellent thoughts on a daily basis. Today’s post really struck a chord with me. It’s only four lines long so I quote it below in full:

“But what if I fail?
You will.
The answer to the what if question is, you will.
A better question might be, “after I fail, what then?”
Well, if you’ve chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will be wiser and stronger and you almost certainly will be more respected by all of those that are afraid to try.”

The quote is especially relevant to me at the moment. I have set myself some serious goals for the next year. As Seth points out, I will fail to achieve some things that I strive to. Perhaps I will get injured and not be able to compete six times, or perhaps I will simply forget to stretch one day this month. Either results in a technical “failure”. So what will I do then? To be honest, this is something I must think about and probably deal with on a case by case basis. The main takeaway for me though, is to acknowledge that I will fail and not view it as a setback but rather as a half step forward.