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How we respond to failures and mistakes is one of the most important decisions we make every day. How do you respond to failure? Failure does not mean that nothing has been accomplished. There is always the opportunity to learn something. We all experience failure and make mistakes. In fact, successful people always have more failure in their lives than average people do.
Great people throughout history have all failed at some point in their lives. Those who do not expect anything are never disappointed; those who never try never fail. Anyone who is currently achieving anything in life is simultaneously risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel at doing nothing. A flawed diamond is more valuable than as perfect brick. People who have not failures also have few victories. People get knocked down; it is how fast they get up that counts.
There is a positive correlation between spiritual maturity and how quickly a person responds to failures and mistakes. Individuals who are spiritually mature have a greater ability to get up and go on than people who are spiritually immature. The less mature the person, the longer he or she holds onto past failures. God never sees any of us as failures; He only sees us as learners. We truly fail only when we do not learn from an experience.
The decision is up to us. We can choose to turn a failure into a hitching post or a guidepost. Here is the key to being free from the stranglehold of past failures and mistakes. Learn the lesson and forget the details. Have you ever noticed that he devil reminds you of the lesson? He only wants you to remember the details. Gain from the experience, but do not roll the minute details of it over and over I you mind. Build on the experience, and g et o n yo u ‟re yo u r life. Remember that the call is higher than the fall.
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People whose faith ran ahead of their minds have made all the great discoveries. Significant achievements have not been obtained by taking small risks on unimportant issues. Do not ever waste time planning, analyzing, and risking on small ideas.
It is always wise to spend more time on decisions that are irreversible and to spend less time that is reversible. Learn to stretch and reach out to where God is. Aim high and take risks. The World ‟s a p proa chis to look for the potential, not be restricted by the past. Those who make great strides are those who take chances and plan towards the challenges of life. D o n ‟t b eco m e so caught up in the small matters that you cannot take advantage of important opportunities. Most people spend their entire lives letting down buckets into empty wells and then waste their days trying to pull them up again.
Choose to dream big, to strive to reach the full potential of your calling. Choose to major on the important issues of life, not on the unimportant. H . Stern said ,” If you‟re hunting rabbits in tiger country, you are hunting tigers, you ca n ignore the rabbits.” There are plenty of tigers to go around. Do not be distracted by the rabbits of life. Set your sights on bigger game. If you want to see if yo u ca n really swim , don‟t frustrate yourself with shallow water.
Security and opportunity are total strangers. If an undertaking does not include faith , it is no t worthy of being called God ‟s direction. I do not believe that God would call any of us to do anything that would not include an element of faith in Him. A famous old saying goes like this: “ Even a turtle doesn‟t get ahead unless he sticks his neck out. “ Dream big because you serve a big God