Wednesday, February 26, 2014

on failure.

I don't know what it is about 2014 so far but there have been a good few struggles (small but still struggles!) already. Most of these are work related and all of these exist mainly in my own head! I've mentioned before that working for yourself can be challenging when the only one to really talk to about the ups and downs is yourself. 
I've spent many an hour criticising things I've done and poor choices I've made and it all comes down to my own self confidence I think. Not to delve too much into this (we all have our own issues!) but a few knocks and falls over the past few years can often eat away at my confidence. The past few days, I've been thinking a lot about my attitude towards my work and how it needs to change a little.
I'm a big believer of taking risks, trying new things and I try to have no regrets as much as I can but the older I get, the more I can see how cautious and fearful I'm becoming...this needs to change.
These niggling, negative thoughts need to go and I need to start looking at my "failures" as learning, as steps towards where I'm supposed to be and as risks I took that I shouldn't regret. Take the closing of my shop for example, instead of a failure, was it a step towards having a busy online store and working from home? I think so. I hope so.
 I imagine, if you're reading this, you're going through or have gone through a similar battle. It's a really tough world we live in at the moment whether you're employed, unemployed or self-employed. But try to banish those negative thoughts as much as you can. They only exist in your own head and you're probably the only person who thinks that way about yourself too! Try to look at your failings as lessons learned and remember that it's just all part of the process.
Most importantly, don't be afraid to fail again. That's my plan from now on.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

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