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As much as we would like to hope, we won’t always succeed at everything we set out to do. But just because you didn’t succeed, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have failed. That’s one thing that I’m trying to learn myself.
Today, I was “arm knitting” a blanket and it was going so well! I had spent a good 2 hours on it so far and was almost finished with it. I had a few bumps along the road with mixing up my yarn pieces, but they were easily fixed. After about the 3rd mess up, I was confident in my ability to fix the little mistakes that I was making so when I realized that I had mixed up a couple strands, I back-tracked one step and went on to fix it. To my surprise, the whole thing began to unravel.
Now usually, I would have threw a huge fit and gotten so mad that I wouldn’t have vowed never to touch it again. But not this time; this time I just got a little frustrated but chose to work out my frustration by writing finding another task to complete.
This may seem like a silly thing to some, but when you’ve spent 2 hours working on something only for it to completely get destroyed, it’s just a little frustrating.
So why am I telling you this story?
I’m sharing this story with you because I want to show you that just because I “didn’t succeed” at knitting this blanket, that doesn’t mean that I have failed. Sure, I don’t have an arm-knitted blanket to show, but I do have experience. Through the process of making the blanket and watching it unravel, I have learned to have patience, understanding, and to accept that fact that I won’t be able to do everything perfectly.
Patience was learned by spending such a long time working on the blanket, I usually am not able to focus on one task for long because of my lack of patience, so the fact that I was able to do so for 2 hours is just incredible. I learned understanding by realizing that I can’t succeed at everything I do, there will be times when I mess up or do something wrong and that is okay. Being perfect is pretty much impossible, so being a perfectionist kind of sucks. You spend all of your time trying to achieve the something that is unattainable.
I hope that by reading this story about not being successful and realize that just because you don’t succeed, doesn’t mean that you have failed.
What is something that you feel like you’ve failed at recently and how can you turn that “failure mentality” around?