What if Failure was your Friend?

What if Failure was your Friend?

Redefining Failure:

Firstly, let's redefine failure. Rather than viewing it as a final and irreversible setback, let's see it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and evolve. Failure is not a reflection of our worth or abilities; it is simply a natural part of the journey towards success. By reframing failure as a stepping stone, we empower ourselves to move forward, embrace new challenges, and take risks without the fear of falling short. We can learn from failure in every realm of our lives - including relationships. 

A Catalyst for Growth:

Failure has the potential to be a profound teacher. When we stumble and encounter setbacks, we gain invaluable insights and acquire new skills. These lessons learned provide us with the knowledge and resilience needed to overcome future obstacles. Every mistake made is an opportunity to improve, adapt, and ultimately thrive. Embracing failure allows us to develop a growth mindset, wherein we see setbacks as opportunities for personal and professional development. In the words of the great singer/songwriter Alicia Keys "Yes I was burned, but I called it a lesson learned.  Another lesson learned."

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

The fear of failure often holds us back from taking risks, from moving forward and pursuing our true passions. It can be paralysing - holding you fast like you're knee deep in quick-sand.  As working women, societal expectations, self-imposed pressure, and the fear of judgment can amplify this fear. However, it's crucial to remember that success rarely comes without setbacks. To overcome the fear of failure, it is important to cultivate self-compassion, celebrate small victories, and surround ourselves with a supportive network. By acknowledging that failure is a normal part of the journey, we can push beyond our comfort zones and seize new opportunities.  You can use our God-given talents and live in our purpose.

Embracing Resilience

Resilience is a key trait that enables us to bounce back from failure and persevere in the face of adversity. Working women often demonstrate remarkable resilience as they navigate multiple roles, challenges, and expectations. By embracing failure, we develop resilience as we learn to adapt, stay motivated, and keep moving forward despite setbacks. Remember that setbacks are temporary, and with each failure, you become stronger, more determined, and better equipped to overcome future challenges.  There are many great examples of women's resilience, and I have no doubt that you wouldn't need to dig too deep for some examples of where you've shown resilience.

The Power of Vulnerability

Failure also teaches us the power of vulnerability. As working women - most of us mothers - it can be tempting to hide our failures and challenges with work and family, and project an image of perfection. Like the photos on social media that are cropped to hide the true mess around them!  However, by embracing vulnerability and sharing our failures with others, we create an environment of authenticity and empathy. Sharing stories of failure not only helps us heal but also inspires and empowers others to embrace their own setbacks as opportunities for growth.


Failure is not the opposite of success; it is an integral part of the journey towards it. As working women, we must redefine failure, see it as a catalyst for growth, and overcome the fear associated with it. Embracing failure empowers us to learn from our mistakes, cultivate resilience, and build the confidence needed to pursue our dreams. So, let's acknowledge our failures - sit in the mud with them for a moment to understand them - cherish the lessons learned, and continue to strive for success with renewed vigor and determination. Remember, failure is not the end; it is a stepping stone on the path to greatness.

 This 10-minute meditation will help you to see failure in a different light.



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