“Fail Harder” Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Badly!

As we go through life we’re going to continually experience circumstances that try to take the wind of your sails. They’ll try to force you to put your dreams back in a box as opposed to out in the world where they belong. We tend to get so caught up with keeping up with the Jones and what people think of us that it gets in the way of overcoming the fear of who we really are. Fear of what people will say, fear of how life won’t go according to plan, fear of failing to meet our own standards, fear of failure, all  of these paralyze us when it comes to leaving our mark on the world. There are few things as rewarding leaving your mark on the world and knowing that you’ve left people better off than when you found them.

But, ANYTHING worth doing requires the courage to fail!

My Grandfather used to tell my cousins and myself “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly until I’ve learned to do it better. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing. If you give 100%, your honest to goodness 100% and still don’t succeed. It’s not failure! You just learned another way on how not to do what you where just trying.”

This little quotation contains an important insight. When a task deserves to be done at all, it deserves a less-than-perfect attempt while we are learning to do the thing better. We might wish we could wait to begin until we had achieved expertise, but that is not usually possible in the real world. In most things, we must do the best we can at any given moment, knowing full well that the quality of our work will leave something to be desired. As John Henry Newman said, “A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.” Most things must be done relatively poorly before they can be done passably well. And as much as our pride might like to find one, there is no shortcut to competence. It is practice makes perfect — and the person with no time or inclination to be a beginner (for awhile) will forfeit the pleasure of ever being anything more than that. The shortest cut to expertise is almost always through the frustration and embarrassment of being a novice.

It’s possible I’ll fail. It’s possible that B.A.S.I.C. Training will never be the bestselling book I dream that it will someday be. It’s possible that Foot Soldiers For Christ Ministry (FS4C) will never turn into the  Ministry I believe that God have anointed it too be. But the beauty is that one simple question that makes a dramatic difference in your life is that it makes a hell of a lot of other things possible too.  While every leap of faith may not pay off? They each will become part of tour backdrop and shine a light on your success.

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I love it when people like to say “Failure is not an option“… but in reality…it is. I see so many people not even attempting to set goals because they are so afraid of failure. The risk of failure just isn’t worth it. I get that and I’ve avoided goals because of the F-factor. “FAILURE”!

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The truth is, when I am not willing to risk failure, what I really have are just … wishes.

I wish I could be a better teacher and preacher.
I wish I knew how to be a great writer.
I wish that scale would drop some digits.

Wishes will get me nowhere. Pray, Plan, Pursue, Praise. These four words, they have the potential to change our lives.  Here’s why*:

Pray. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). … As we pray, we draw closer to God’s presence. May we hear His voice louder than ever in our lives.

Plan. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). … God is a winner and therefore only produces winners. As we tap into His plans we see they include victory, not defeat.

Pursue. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). … God’s Word works. Refusing to compromise the pursuit of Truth in our lives is where we will find our unshakable confidence for the year of 2012.

Praise. My pastor says something that is so good … “Celebrate what God has done as you look ahead as to what God is going to do.” Taking breaths of thanks for all He does each day in 2012 will be powerful.

Faith convinces me it’s worth it to believe again, risk again and yes, possibly … fail again.  I would rather try and fail than to be disobedient to God and pass my purpose onto someone else. So, I’m putting my wishes away and focusing in on these four words

God’s ways are so high above ours, what looks like failure to us is a plan for our eternal success – in God’s eyes. God has already established his supremacy, Lordship and victory over sin, death and hell but He often allows (or ordains) that we should experience failure and pain as part of his plan to make us more like Jesus Christ. The scripture teaches we are called to suffering, just as Christ was. We aren’t to seek it out or wallow in it, but we are not to be surprised by it or think that something is wrong with us or that we are outside His will when we experience what appears to be failure.

When we look at Philippians 2, we see that we are to make ourselves of “no reputation” – just like Christ, becoming a servant who is obedient through suffering, humiliation, even death. We should all seek to pray, plan, pursue and praise, in every circumstance, including the catastrophic, and whether or not we feel like winners, we trust, obey and leave the evaluation of the results to the only wise God. God’s victory often looks different than ours. We as a society DO have a misconstrued picture of what it means to look victorious. The term “winning” has been distorted too often in worldly terms (case in point: Charlie Sheen). But, when we pray, plan, pursue and praise I believe we will more likely be moving towards the goals that God has for us than just

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At Weiden + Kennedy, creators of Nike’s famous Just Do It campaign, they have a wall created from 100,000 clear pushpins pressed into white that spell out the words, “Fail Harder.” It took 351 hours to create this typographic mural Kennedy explains, “They took the hard way, they could have spelled the word with a lot fewer push pins, instead they filled the negative space. It was harder and that’s why it’s brilliant.”

It’s like Michael Jordon going for a game-winning shot and missing. At least it was a spectacular shot. Take enough spectacular shots and you win. Think about where you “fail safe,” where you plan for soft landings rather than imagine spectacular take offs. Go ahead, take a leap of faith! Remember, sometymes it takes the light of a burning bridge to show the way ahead.

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*Resources: Nicki Koziarz


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