Failure: How Do You See It?

This month we’re looking at a word that no one really likes. Failure.

“Failure brings a climax in which one has the privilege of clearing his mind of fear and making a new start in another direction.”

Napoleon Hill

It is high time we reassign the word failure with a new definition.

When you think of failure today, what do you feel?

When it is your failure does it feel differently than if it is another’s failure?

Most of us would agree that the opposite of failure is success. So when we experience failure, we get this sense of having moved in the opposite direction of success. Napoleon Hill (Author of Think and Grow Rich and Outwitting the Devil) would disagree. He spent a great many years of his life, in the early 1900s, studying the philosophies of successful people. He has concluded that if one were to “study the lives of all people who achieve outstanding success in any calling and observe, with profit, that [they would find] their success is usually in exact ratio to their experiences of defeat before succeeding.”

Stretch your imagination to consider failure as a tool rather than a defeat. Failure is the sharpening stone by which we become sharp, focused and poised in the direction of our aspirations. Failure communicates to us when it is time to adjust our plans. Failure reveals to us the necessity of abandoning thoughts or habits that are no longer serving our quest for success. Failure provides us with the opportunity to face and overcome fear, to strengthen our resolve and to fine tune our minds.

Next time you find yourself staring failure in the face, say “thank you.” “Thank you, failure, for helping me find my way toward my dreams.” “Thank you for redirecting me away from the path that does not serve my purpose and toward the path that does.” “Thank you for revealing to me the seed of an advantage that I may use to strengthen my cause.” “Thank you for providing me with the clarity of what will and will not work.”

So, how do you feel about failure now?

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10 Steps to Living More Peacefully in 2020

Want a more peaceful life in 2020?

peace: /pēs/
mental calm; serenity.

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.


Here are 10 steps toward living more peacefully this year.

  1. The quickest way to a life filled with peace is to eliminate expectations on self and others.
  2. It is not anyone else’s responsibility to make you ‘feel’ anything. That is our job alone.
  3. The more I practice self-love (aka self-acceptance) the greater degree of peace in my life.
  4. Mastering the art of observation will bring more peace.
  5. Knowledge is the salve that can heal old wounds. Learn about mental mechanics–how the conscious and subconscious mind works.
  6. Become more responsive and less reactive. Create space between stimulus and response.
  7. Live transparently. Be honest.
  8. Stop forcing things into place. Learn difference between inspired action and forced action.
  9. Seek alignment in all things. Feel for what resonates authentically with you.
  10. Begin looking for your happiness within yourself. It is a state of mind. Also, happiness emerges from the deep connections we make with ourselves and one another.