The use of words and language is so powerful! I was having a quick chat with a colleague who mentioned the blog I had previously written failure is not permanent.
He happened to say that to some, even the term ‘risk taking’ implies the potential for failure.
In the fields of school teaching, parenting and generally relating we really do not want to see anyone fail. Thus, setting work and situations where children are challenged and successful is really the ideal. We do want to see children trying different things and even for us as adults we need to be continually giving things a go without any fear of failure. This is not as easy as it seems.
I know that when things don’t look like they are going the way I think they should, I am quick to think I have failed. Just last night my husband directed me to this quote – maybe you will find it helpful too.
“You have dozens of hidden abilities and gifts you don’t know you’ve got because you have never tried them out. So I encourage you to try doing some things you have never done before. No matter how old you are, I urge you to never stop experimenting…..You will never know what you’re good at until you try. When it doesn’t work out, call it an “experiment,” not a failure. You will eventually learn what you’re good at.” The purpose driven life by Rick Warren pg 249