But sometimes, with the best will in the world, our best efforts are overtaken by the pressures of work and family and we can fail. We are often terrified of failing – so terrified that we sometimes don’t start for fear of it!

But what if you could learn from failure?

It’s easy to compare yourself to successful people and feel like a failure. But it’s worth remembering that…

  • JK Rowling, author of the world famous Harry Potter book series, tried 12 times before her first manuscript was accepted.
  • Thomas Edison made 1000 attempts before the light bulb actually lit up!
  • Abraham Lincoln first went into politics at 23 and lost. He then opened up a general store that failed within months.
  • John Wayne was rejected from the United States Naval Academy.
  • Beethoven’s music teacher told him he was a hopeless composer.
  • Oprah Winfrey lost her first job as a reporter and was called “unfit for television news”!
  • Walt Disney was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking ideas!

None of these people took their failures lying down and because of what they learnt through failure, they went on to great success.

Here are some tips to help you learn from your failures:

  • Why did you fail? If your diet stalled, think about why? Was it the mid-afternoon slump that drove you to the snack machine? Now think about a way around that – packing a small box of healthy snacks like nuts, fruit and raisins might help.
  • Consider the bigger picture. Missing today’s run does not destroy your marathon hopes. Don’t let one small failure be an excuse for a bigger one.
  • Look for inspiration. Try finding out more about how the people above went from failure to success, maybe you’ll be inspired to follow in their footsteps!
  • Never compare. Comparison is the enemy of success. While it’s great to be inspired by someone and to strive to be like them – deciding that you can never match up to someone else is futile. Everyone has their struggles, even your hero.
  • Decide that your desire is greater than your fear. “If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you always have.” While signing up for a new class or taking the plunge for a career change is scary – decide that it is scarier to go on the way you are.

Nothing is ever over until you decide to give up. Don’t let a blip derail you. In the words of Scarlett O’Hara – “Tomorrow is another day!”