How many times have you heard others say, “failure is not an option”?
Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. What you and they really mean is that failure is not an acceptable outcome to them in this situation.
Many times we face seemingly do-or-die situations – a positive outcome means we win the big pot of gold and public acclamation, a negative means we leave with nothing. But either way, we’re still who we really are, and those who believe in us, still believe in us.
If failure is truly not an option, than that means we will always succeed, no matter how difficult the task, how great the risk, or how little we have prepared ourselves for success.
The world doesn’t work that way, of course. Success only comes with effort. So in truth, failure is always a possibility, and therefore, while it may not be our choice to fail, failure is always an option.
Or to look at it another way, if we really are not permitted to fail, than we’d better not try at all. Continue reading
At one time or another we’ve all had to adjust to changes in our place of work.
Life moves on. We can move on with it, or be left behind by it. The choice is ours.
Whether we own the business, work at the top of the pyramid or at the lowest level, all companies and the roles of employees within them must move and change over time.
Change does not have to be great or have tremendous impact on our daily lives to be unsettling. We all prefer to stay snuggly inside our comfort zone. A new boss, a new company policy, a new computer system, a new way of doing old things, a new location that changes our commute time and route.
Change is unsettling particularly when it is imposed upon us. We have no choice, no control, no say in the matter. In the midst of uncomfortable change, we do well to first remind ourselves: This too shall pass. Continue reading
I imagine a world where people do not shy away from ugly truths. They do not wallow in pity over life’s tragedies, but they do not paper over them and leave them to fester in their hearts.
We imagine that our celebrations should be shared and proclaimed, but our failures should be hidden and silent. We do not soar alone, neither should we suffer alone.
They acknowledge life’s heartaches and set-backs with the same openness and acceptance as they celebrate joyous moments and achievements. In this parallel universe, people recognize life’s successes are necessarily balanced by life’s setbacks.