Let’s consider this acronym definition of the word “failure”:
F – Facts that Reveal the Truth
A – Access to Uncommon Opportunities
I – Inspiration to be Different
L – Lessons to Learn
U – Unavoidable Experience for Greatness
R – Realistic Expectation
E – Evidence of Progress
Fact That Reveals the Truth
An experience of failure is not the true worth of your personality, neither does it sum-up to be the definition of your destiny. It is only a temporary fact that focuses on the present. Overtime, a need is required to always separate the existing fact from the truth. Fact is a conditional event of the present, and it isn’t the real picture but a shadow of the real thing. However, the truth is the real picture; it is what sets you free from the shackles of fact. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Romans 8:32
So, failure is only a temporary tough time. No matter how long it drags, it won’t last a life time; through it, the truth will be revealed. So, in failing situations, don’t be confined into the present fact, let the truth be your stronghold consolation – Who God says you are.
Access to Uncommon Opportunities
To every challenge we face, there is always an uncommon opportunity locked up in it. In the lion that dared Samson lies his honey; in the Goliath that stood against David lies his pathway to the throne and in the cross before Christ, lies his eternal Kingship. Uncommon success comes in disguise of uncommon failure.
Rev. Sam Adeyemi strikes this point when he said “There is always a way. Inside every problem is the seed of a miracle. Inside every impossibility is a possibility. On every Goliath is a forehead. Remember, beyond the cloud, the sun is still shining”.
Inspiration to Be Different
An encounter with failure has been the substance that has given many exploit makers the needed inspiration to be different, to really come back on it and make their difference entirely different. Failure gives instruction and this instruction provokes a deep-rooted inspiration to say “I will be back better”. It actually isn’t that someone is dull to have failed a test; probably one doesn’t know enough as at the time. So at the event of failure, you are given an opportunity to re-prepare and come back to excel even far beyond all expectations.
Something good and long-lasting about this is that the product of such an experience isn’t half-baked, one is stretched and maximally built for now and the future. Let your failure inspire you for a better and lasting result.
Lesson to Learn
Kathy Ireland once said “I’ve learned so many things and a lot of things I’ve learned the hard way. I look at failure as education in that respect I’m very educated”. Failure presents an invaluable lesson to learn while it lasts. We have seen many world builders who only achieved such feat through the lesson they learnt when the world did not regard them.
When you experience failure in an endeavour and you were able to learn the lessons, you’ll realize that you’ve not really failed; you’re only a success in progress. As you begin to put the lesson into practice, your world will be blown open to greater success. It is the lessons learnt from a failing experience that makes mastery of competence.
Unavoidable Experience for Greatness
In his words, a former President of America, Richard Nixon said, “Greatness comes not when things go always well for you, but greatness comes when you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. This is because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the mountain.”
It’s all true that the only asset we have today over yesterday is experience. A child who is just finding his feet on the ground will trip over once in a while, then he begins to gradually gain a firm footing. This is also true of life. Anyone who desires to grow will need to see challenges as an unavoidable pathway to his desired end. No one achieves success by avoiding challenges. Stanley Stud also rightly advised “Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failure and go on to the next challenge. It’s okay to fail. If you are not failing, you’re not growing.”
It was Bishop Oyedepo who rightly said, “Failure is not strange in the covenant race; it is remaining a failure that is contrary to the covenant”. It is when a man thinks he’s superhuman that he’ll have problem with handling failure. Of a truth, we could be Christians with strong faith, but our faith isn’t a license of exemption from life’s challenges. It is remaining in the ditch of failure, not finding an exit that makes failure of a Christian.
Evidence of Progress
Charles Kettering was right to have said “virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Repeated failures are signposts on the road to achievement. The only time that you don’t fail is the last time you try something and it works”. This is why I call failure “the real man builder”. The fact that you attempted something and failed is a proof that you are a masterpiece in progress. Success is a day-to-day walk, fall and rise and adjust but never stop.
An understanding of failure being an evidence of success is what makes achievers not to settle for comforting mediocrity, they dare great things and even when they fail, they know they’ve moved a step towards hitting the mark. They never allow failure to stop their progress.