Night Shift Mom Tips: Turning Failures Into Victories
Night Shift Mom Tip Turn Your Failures Into Victories
Hey there strong woman, can you think of a time when you failed at something? We all have those not so shining moments when we had to pause and course correct due to failure.
Failure is The True Test of Greatness
The true test of greatness is not that we fail. It is what we do with failure. What if Garrett Morgan gave up after his first prototype of the 3 position traffic signal? What if Dr Alexander Fleming had tossed his contaminated petri dishes and chalked them up as a failure?
When we learn something new, there is usually a steep learning curve filled with failures. If we are patient and press on through the failures we will be victorious. For example, in my twenties I learned medical jargon, a foreign language with a vast vocabulary that I use daily. In those early days, I failed at remembering which appellation went with with body part. Over time and after several failures, my memory hard wired the language and its associated images.
Becoming a parent is a pursuit laden with failures. Did I stop breastfeeding too soon? Did I wait too long to potty train? Did I give my children too much juice and too little water? Am I hovering too much? Am I too disengaged? Well you get it and surely you can relate.
My most recent failure that has become a victory is the road I am currently on to wellness. Having three children in quick succession in four years despite staying active took a toll on me physically. Running 5K races after my third child with minimal training put the nail in my derailment coffin. You see, I ended up hurting my knee and had an injury that despite trying was not fully identified for 1 whole year. By this time, I had lost half the muscle mass in the quadriceps of my right leg and nearly all of the mobility in my right knee. As a consequence of less activity and decreased mobility, my girth and clothing size increased.
This was in my eyes a failure. I was blessed with the presents of our three cherubs but I was disheartened by the depth of my spiral out of wellness. There was a parallel situation that was occurring with me professionally that is the topic of another blog series. The day I decided to stop dwelling in my failure and instead put one foot in front of another and fight for my wellness was a victorious day.
It has been well over two years since that day of failure recognition and I still make a daily decision to fight for my 2% and focus on my self care. The victory is not small. In fact, because I chose to turn my failure into victory, the lives of my family, and my own have drastically changed. Now not only do my actions impact and inspire my family but also others who have been following my journey.
I know that you have a victory tale to tell. I know that you have a failure or failures that have led the way to victory. Let’s look at our failures as lessons, as pathways to victory and as highways to greatness.
Be strong. Be brave. Unleash your greatness!
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