In my personal ministry, sadly, I experience people more at their moments of failure than in their moments of success. As an optimist, I plan for success. I believe God desires success for His people. As a realist, I see failure all around me. I believe God allows failure and uses it to draw us closer to Him and to teach us valuable insights into our characters and into the character of God Himself. Failure has been a part of my life (a big part) and it is prevalent in the lives of the most of the successful people I know. Therefore, we must learn how to recover from failure.
Here are a few things to remember after and during your moments of failure.
· Take time to rest after your failure, but do not sit still for long. Idleness often leads to temptations and worry. (I almost used another cliché’ involving idleness and the devil, but decided not to.) Do something, even if it is volunteer work.
· Know that not everyone is talking about you, even if it may feel that everyone is.
· If people are talking about you, it will not last long until the new “failure of the month” comes along.
· Take some time to re-evaluate what led to your failure. Accept fault where appropriate and do not be too proud to say you made a mistake.
· Learn from your mistakes and build safeguards in your life to keep from repeating the same ones.
· Keep your mind and body healthy. Read, exercise, pray, and think. It is important to stay fresh for your next opportunity.
· Begin to dream new dreams and set new goals. (These goals can be the same goals you had before you failed if you are willing to take a risk on them again.)
· Make a decision in your heart to rise from your failure. Prove to those who thought you could not (or at least you thought that is what they were saying) that you can succeed. More than that prove it to you!
· Allow failure to make you stronger and better.