We often joke about not setting goals to avoid setting ourselves up for failure.
I have failed before, more than once—and at times I earned that failure. I know how failure feels.
I have succeeded before, more than once—and at times I earned that success. I know how success feels.
It is true that failure, when viewed properly, can be one of our greatest learning experiences as we work toward goals. Failure, when it does not stop us, is just a milestone on our path. There is no use in looking back or stumbling forward making the same mistake over and over. When we experience failure we can analyze, learn, make adjustments, gain focus, and move forward. One step closer to success.
If the time has been taken to set and define goals, then as we stumble our focus can more easily return to the desired destination. If there is no end goal or direction to our path, then the failure becomes more permanent. We have a harder time seeing past the obstacle in our path.