This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for. That one goal you’ve been working beyond hard for. The chance to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted. And then…
It doesn’t happen. You don’t make it. You came within inches of the goal you set for yourself, but you didn’t quite reach it. You’re crushed, you’re confused, and you’re utterly disappointed. But — as awful as the experience seems in the moment, you can learn many life-long, valuable lessons. Lessons such as:
- The goal or opportunity you were reaching for isn’t for you. — Maybe you were working towards something because someone else wanted you to. Maybe you didn’t reach your goal because something better was coming. Re-evaluate the reasons you set these goals in the first place and make sure they’re still what you want now.
- Or you learn to never give up on your goals. — Sometimes you fail. And when you do, you get right back up, shake off the dust, and go at it again. And again. And again. Until there is absolutely no way you could possibly fail. That type of determination and dedication only comes when you’re first told “no”.
- You realize you can make an impact without reaching every goal set. — When you set a lot of big goals for yourself, sometimes you don’t reach them all. And that’s okay. Because you don’t have to reach every single goal to still be incredible. As long as you leave people amazed and in awe of the things you do, that’s what’s most important.
Everyone fails. There is not a single person in the world that has ever received every single thing they went for. It’s a part of life, and it’s a part of growing and becoming a better person. Don’t look at it as failing — look at it as learning.
Fall seven times, stand up eight. — Japanese Proverb