Mental Decluttering Monday: Rethinking Failure

When I have team taught English classes, there is one writing prompt that has come up over and over again.

“What would you do, if you knew you could not fail?”

This writing prompt has always made me think of two different things.

First, if failure were not a possibility, what would we attempt?  How would we live our life?

How would your family live?  Would you live simpler, nomadically, even?  Would you go on new and exciting adventures?  Would you reject the script, the status quo, even further?  Would you become self-sufficient, no longer supporting corporations and unethical practices? 

What about your work?  Would you drop out of the rat race, and pursue your passion?  Would you give more, play the game less? 

Would you give more to the world?  Do something that actually makes a difference?  Do something bold, crazy, irresponsible? 

And now, the obvious question: What is stopping you?  What happens if you fail?  Could it be anything worse, than ending up back where you are today?

Failure isn’t the end.  It really isn’t anything to be afraid of.  All it is, is a chance to stand up, brush off your knees, and try again.

True failure doesn’t happen, unless you give up.

So, get up and live your dreams!  Live your life as if you could not fail.


6 thoughts on “Mental Decluttering Monday: Rethinking Failure

  1. I can’t count the times when my boys were young that I stopped myself from doing something different, finding a new job because I feared I would fail and not be able to support them. It was a horrible way to live and one I wish no one else would ever have to experience.

  2. very thought provoking. I’m going to have a think what would I do……! I like the line stand up brush off your knees try again, so true. I’m sure there are things I could be doing that I’m not. I’m wondering where my spirit of adventure has gone!! Heather x

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