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Failure On Your Pursuit

By Adam R Glendye LPC CPCS

Many of us suffer from a fear of failure. I don’t know about you, but my heart rate just increased as I typed that sentence. Anxiety is a common symptom when we are confronted with possible failure. To fail, might mean that we are not good enough, that we are a “loser”, or that we will get yelled at by our boss, spouse, parents, or friends.

Change the Thought Process

a girl struggling with negative thoughts

What if we changed how we thought about failure? What if failure is an essential part of our Pursuit? Every time we fail, we have an opportunity to learn, to adapt, to process, and to be better. I was listening to a podcast a few weeks ago (sorry for not giving credit but I listen to a lot of podcasts and I can’t remember which one it was) and the amazing host said that to learn a foreign language quickly, we need to fail over 200 times a day in speaking that language. I stopped my run, pressed pause on the podcast, and stood still for what felt like minutes.

I pivoted my idea of finishing my run and decided to walk while I processed the thoughts I had about my leadership for my businesses, how I supervised my therapists, and how I showed up as husband to my wife. We have to fail in our Pursuit! Failure means that we are trying. Failure means that we are brave. Failure means we did not play it safe.

Clinical insight

Failure is not a debilitating setback but a positive necessity in the Pursuit of personal growth. Through tailored interventions and nuanced exploration, individuals are led to reframe their relationship with failure. Licensed Therapists provide a space for individuals to confront the effects of trauma, helping them recognize failures not as obstacles but are stepping stones toward resilience and profound self-discovery. The therapeutic alliance fosters an environment where failure becomes a necessity, in the path toward healing, empowerment, and the unwavering strength that comes from confronting adversity.

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