In Motivation

Fail Forward

If something doesn’t work out, try something different. Examine what went wrong, but don’t be afraid to fail. Re-evaluate and move on!  When something doesn’t work out the way it’s hoped, take it as a life lesson, learn from it and keep moving forward!  Any business or life coach will say that, and it’s the truth!  

Everything that has been going on, is adding – either spiritually, therapeutically, as a resume builder, or a check off the ol’ bucket list!  In my bio last month, I said (and it’s true) I’m I lifelong learner trying to remember to put God first.  I firmly believe if you’ve professed to being a Christian and are truly His child, if you’re not in His will and His way, He’s going to get your attention and/to turn you around (Hebrews 12:7-13).  This additional time I now have, I’ve spent more time in fellowship with Him and my church family, more time actually studying the Word; and I must say it’s been eye opening and heart healing!

As a follow-up to my last month’s story, after losing my job I sure enough didn’t look at it as a failure.  I honestly looked at it as the company’s idiotic loss and a kick in the butt from God to move on. I have dreams and aspirations – things I want to do.  I’ve prayed about them, and He knows my heart. (Psalms 37:1-11).  In the process of exercising patience, waiting to see what God was going to provide, I’ve kept busy with learning my lesson of patience, exercising faith, and service with church work.  I also started a side business, something I’ve always loved doing and will hopefully generate some money. This time has also given me the opportunity to write, another something I always wanted to do.  I can truly say this post-employment time has been a blessing!  An answer to my prayers. Seriously, this job loss has been a blessing in disguise.

All my life I’ve loved being physically active.  I realized when I was young (in my 20’s) whether walking or running, it was mind clearing and a great time to meditate.  Again, this time off has given me the opportunity to take 5-mile walks/runs (more walking than running). 

And as I mentioned – the resume, the bucket list and lessons learned!  With any job and experience, always find something to take with you.  My last job comprised of communication skills – public speaking, writing, PR out the wazoo.  I realized when thinking about sending out resumes, I needed to put together a portfolio. I had links to professionally made videos of me showcasing skills during live interviews.  I had written articles of interviews I’d given. This opened up another field for me, and I liked it. Those moments were high points of the job, and things I seemed pretty good at!  I’d thought about a side hustle for years, and now I’m realizing the importance of having multiple streams of income.  Again, with this additional time on my hands, I’m turning a part of my lifestyle into money.  It’s something I enjoy doing anyway, and I’m loving every moment!

Failure doesn’t mean the end, it’s over and I’m doomed.  If something fails or doesn’t work out, it’s not a missed opportunity or even wasted time.  After a failed attempt, next comes the story, the lesson learned, then the testimony.  There’s always the explanation to bring clarity for revision; or simply, a testimony.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Old soul, still young at heart. Country girl, loves what the big city offers. Lifelong learner, trying to remember to put God first.Connect with Lynn on Instagram at @lyving50

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