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How to Remove “Failure” from Your Vocabulary

By Bren @Virtual_Bren
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How to Remove Failure from your Vocabulary

What is Failure?

Failure is defined as simply as this:

Lack of Success.

How we deal with Failure is up to the individual.

How do we define Success?

This one is not quite so easy to define. Let’s look at a few definitions:

The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

The attainment of popularity or profit.

A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

Do any of those look familiar to you? For all intents and purposes, we are going to discuss the first “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”.


We have a “goal” and want to achieve it. How one goes about achieving it is based on that individual. We are going to use the following scenario:

Person #1 wants to obtain a motorcycle license. This license enables Person #1 to drive/ride his/her own motorcycle on public roads and highways. In order to obtain the license, a written exam and road test must be successfully passed.

Person #1 passes the written exam with no issues, however has a few errors in completing the road test, thus Person #1 Fails and does not obtain the required license.

What will Person #1 do?

In some instances, Person #1 will be angry at him/herself and give up. Some people cannot handle Failure well. However, what Person #1 should do is pick him/herself back up and accept that the Practice session did not work and more practice is required.

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Once feeling more confident, Person #1 should return once again to retake the road test in order to successful obtain the goal of a motorcycle license.

Failure is Not an Option


Here’s another scenario in which I can totally relate to:

Person #2 has been smoking cigarettes for over 15 years with several attempts at kicking the habit, however only to return to smoking. Instead of totally giving up on the goal of quiting smoking, Person #2 says “I’m just Practicing for the big day. Failure has not been mentioned as it is no longer part of Person #2’s vocabulary. “Just Practicing” means we have not reached perfection but we are nearing it shortly.

Within a few more attempts at Practicing and not beaten him/herself up for not succeeded during the first several attempts, Person #2 finally Perfects their plan and ceases smoking.


If we continue to dwell on Failure as a word and/or see it as Defeat, we will never obtain our goals. If we see the situation as “Just Practicing“, we are more likely to achieve the accomplishment simply because we are not Distress ourselves and give up.

#Failure is NOT an Option! via @MyGrlyPrts Click To Tweet

Say it daily if you have “For today, I am just Practicing“.  Sooner or later, you’ll finally get it!

Over to you

I know we all have goals/accomplishments we’d like to achieve so please share one of your situations below with us. Be sure to  share how you handled all aspects of your attempts.

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