Brace yourself for the sounds you are about to produce. Say this with me as loudly as you can, “I AM GOING TO FAIL!” say it one more time “I AM GOING TO FAIL!” Now sit with this confession. You will fail many times. There are ideas you will seek to birth and they will dissolve right before your eyes. Sojourner, accept today that failing does not make you a failure. Acknowledge that you were not intended to be perfect and embrace the process of becoming which includes failing.
When things do not work out according to your original plans, stay present and remain persistent because what dissolved before your eyes can morph into what is necessary for you and the broader community. As an undergraduate nearing the end of my college journey, I enrolled in a pottery class. In the corner of the classroom, there was a heap of discarded clay pieces. Some of the pieces were whole, others shattered, and others chipped. Every so often our teacher would go over to the heap of forgotten dreams, pull out a piece, and use it to sculpt something new on the wheel. The shards of broken hopes were used to trim away excess clay. The pieces left behind were used as inspiration and co-creators of some of the most beautiful vases I have ever seen.
Whatever is not working now is a seed for what will surely come later. Failure is not an impeachment of your genius. Failure is an invitation to go deeper, think broader, and work harder.
Now say this with me even louder: “I succeed even though an idea fails to unfold how I thought it would!” One more time: “I succeed even though an idea fails to unfold how I thought it would!”
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