"Failure?"

Sometimes we try something, we don't succeed, and we label it a failure. Or worse, we label ourselves a failure.

A few weeks ago, I tried to tackle a climbing wall. I'm terrified of heights, but I've abseiled a 300ft building before, so I figured the climbing wall wouldn't be an issue. I got about 20ft up and panicked. I had to return to the ground.

At the time I considered that a massive failure. It affected my mood for the rest of the day. I didn't try anything else that involved being more than 3ft off the ground (which was everything). I sat on the sidelines and watched everyone else conquering their fear.

Now I'm ready to try again. Now I know it wasn't a failure, it was an attempt that didn't go as well as I'd have liked. Sure, I didn't reach the top, but I got closer than I have in the past. Next time I get the chance, I'll aim a little higher than I reached before. If I reach the top, brilliant! It'll be the first time I've ever completed a climbing wall!

So when it comes to failure all I have to say is this: It isn't failure, it's taking the scenic route to achievement. Tomorrow is a new day.