I was told once that failure is nothing more than a blind spot in our awareness where new information can enter. I love this definition.
When we think of failure this way (if, indeed, there is such a thing in the first place), we can reclaim, renegotiate and reconfigure what failure means to us.
Failure for many of us is something not working out the way that we planned, hoped, or “needed” it to. And this is where things start to go a little funky.
Instead of observing, reorganizing, and reapplying ourselves based on the information we received, we dive deep into our emotional brain. We diagnose, get swallowed by the sensation or feeling that the outcome produced, and we use this as evidence of our abilities, both now and in the future.
It’s no good, we tell ourselves. I’m not cut out for this.
Ugh, I bombed again. I’m never going to get this right.
We fall back into the past, back into our reflexive patterns.
So, let’s flip it. “Failure” or perceived failure is just us visiting territory we haven’t adventured to before.
It’s a space that knowledge can now enter into.
An opening in our awareness where new possibilities can live.