YOUR MANIFEST PROSPERITY MESSAGE:
32. I celebrate my wins and failures
Without taking action, trying new things, we wouldn’t be risking “failing.” As discussed in card number 29, failure is in the eye of the beholder. Why not choose to celebrate action, whether you fail or succeed? Celebrate action. The fact that you took action is worth celebrating. Whether you failed or succeeded, you did something and took the risk. That is more than a lot of other people can say. And of course, don’t underestimate the small things and achievements that we often overlook, celebrate those too. Find something today to celebrate and take yourself out.
When I first heard of this concept, I was so surprised that anyone would celebrate their failures, but it also felt so good. It gave me permission to just focus on taking action and not worrying about the end result. It is liberating to know that you are celebrated no matter what the outcome is! Decide how you will celebrate something no matter the outcome. Celebrate applying for a job even if you don’t get a call back. When you choose to celebrate the action and not the result, you take the pressure off yourself. Not only that, but we often mislabel what failure even is. Something wonderful could happen but because it didn’t go the way we expected, we think it was a failure.
Every time I launch a project on Kickstarter and I don’t raise as much money as I had hoped or as other creators, it’s easy to feel like a failure. I remember one time in particular, I raised exactly how much I needed in order to get the cards printed but I was disappointed because I hoped to raise twice as much. One year later when the cards were finally finished and in stock, it became my best seller. Completely unexpectedly, not only was the feedback overwhelmingly positive, but it sold out in six months. I wish I could go back a year and celebrate that Kickstarter instead of feeling disappointed. We simply never know how things can take an unusual turn for the better.
I once read about a woman who interviewed for a job with Google, for her dream job position. When she didn’t get it, she was disappointed but was fully respectful and with a smile thanked them for even considering her for the position. She asked to be kept in mind in the future if the position opens up again. They had never seen anyone so happy and respectful after being turned down that they had a change of heart and offered her the job. How we fail matters. Treat every event, good or bad as a success. The next time you go for it, do a launch, or do something scary, even if it doesn’t go as you planned, take yourself out and celebrate the fact that you did it anyway!
What do you deserve to celebrate?
What deserved celebrating but you did not?
How can you celebrate it now?
What do you plan on celebrating next?
How will you celebrate?
Have you ever been disappointed by something and it later turned out to be a great win? Go into detail about it.