There is an F-word that lurks in the shadows for many of us. A word so strong that it has the power to halt dreams before they are ever formed. It’s like a heavy anchor that can drag down our aspirations before they even set sail. That word….failure.
When failure comes to mind, I envision that dreaded big red F glaring back at me on a test paper – a symbol of disappointment and inadequacy. Since childhood, we’ve been ingrained with the notion that failure is something to be avoided at all costs. Our parents and teachers, with all their good intentions, instilled this fear within us, unknowingly deterring us from taking risks and striving for our dreams.
The fear of imperfection, of not getting things right, often leaves us feeling unfulfilled, drowning in a sea of shoulda, coulda, wouldas.
Recently, I attended a remarkable leadership conference at my church, where my perspective on failure was radically challenged. Speakers like John Maxwell, Dharius Daniels, and Ryan Leak echoed a common theme: Leaders chase failure.
Because they understand that failure is a byproduct of effort. If you are trying and failing, that means you are learning. If you are learning then you are growing. And the more we learn and grow the more impactful we will be for the kingdom.
The key is not to let failure immobilize us but to embrace it as a pathway to progress.
So, I urge you to reflect. What dreams have you buried beneath the weight of that big red F?
Showing up on social media? Getting out and meeting neighbors? Hosting your first client or homebuyer event? Or perhaps, simply silencing your inner critic and taking that first step towards your goals?
What if, today, you granted yourself permission to try, knowing that failure is not defeat but a lesson in disguise?
Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
For too long, I viewed this verse through the lens of guaranteed success. But now, I see it differently.
I can try.
I can venture beyond my comfort zone.
I can embrace uncertainty and fail forward.
Why? Because He gives me strength and his word never returns void.
Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of failure, a reminder of our endless potential for growth. Grant us the courage to step into the unknown, to face our fears head-on. With You as our guide, we commit to failing forward, trusting in Your unwavering support.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Now, leave a comment and share with me what leap of faith you’re ready to take, knowing that the fear of failure will no longer hold you captive.
Your Real Estate Bestie,