“But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.””
Luke 5:5 NKJV
Recently, UNFXP posted on its Instagram page, that is it better to fail once, stand up and try again by doing it differently or better, than to give up once and kill the momentum, vision or passion. Our first blog post of 2017 wants to expand on this and look at why and how this is.
Firstly, let us just be clear here, UNFXP is not celebrating failure or to fail; according to the dictionary, to fail is to be unsuccessful in achieving one’s goal(s), and that is not what we are rooting for. We want you to be successful but we appreciate that this does not always happen in the first round of trying, nor when we expect it to, therefore, we are encouraging you to believe there is hope in achieving better, if not to perform better, if you were try again rather than throwing away all of your energy, preparation and commitment due to feeling disheartened and disappointed.
In other words, to not succeed once does not mean to not succeed forever or in everything; in fact, failing does not always equate “inability” so do not be quick to wrongly declare “I cannot do this”! To fail once means, you attempted and gave it a shot and missed but aim again because there is still a chance to hit. Yes, you may miss again (and again), but this is why to fail does not mean your ideas and vision should cease (unless of course you decide to turn your back on it all), it means that you approach it differently, you plan better and you define your skills and practice.
And to give up? Well, that is like choosing the easier option. It is hard to try and reface a challenge you just blatantly collapsed under in order to try and conquer it, but it is also so easy to walk away and forget about even having tried. Like what was the point of all of that effort right? UNFXP is not trying to manipulate you into what to decide on from here, but then we want to ask you this:
“What was the point in the time, effort (and maybe money) that you put in?”
“For those looking up to you, (and believe this, there is always someone who is inspired by and fascinated in you), what lesson notes do they take away from you giving up?”
So, how can we fail once but try again, or better yet, how can we keep that momentum up and going when left feeling deflated and tempted to give up following a recent rejection/trail/fall?
Trust God and his plans for your life. He already knew what he thought of and for you before you were born so your destiny and destination has already been decided on. You are not expected to make life up; it has already been formed before you were; trust God in this and hand over to him your worries and anxieties when things do not seems to be going smoothly or to your plan.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Ask for wisdom on what to do, when to move, where to go and how to decide on the next steps so that God can guide you out of misery and into his promises. Asking for wisdom and clarity when your original plans do not go to plan will help reveal your selfish and prideful ambitions, and where you have tried to operate on your own knowledge and strength rather than His. God’s wisdom will grant the relevant experience, reasoning and ideas to help you do better whether it be the first, second, third or even fourth time trying.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
James 1:5 NIV
Bring to life, your achievements and end result by declaring success with your tongue and owning your victory by speaking it into existence. Bless your future with your words by creating it and birthing it through determination, vision and actions. Your mind decides on what to do based on what the heart sets itself on; set your heart on positive influences and motivations so that you are less likely to give up.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 NIV
Plan ahead and break down your big chunk of a goal(s) into smaller steps to accomplish it in smaller bites. By doing this, it enables you to set, review and achieve Smart; Measurable; Attainable; Realistic and (well) Time(d) goals. Have your ideas and goals written down so that they are not all clustered in your mind, and place them somewhere where you are constantly reminded of them. (See our Instagram post titled “S.M.A.R.T part 1 and 2, to see how we have broken these headings down)
You may be far from from the finish line but focus on the ultimate goal; the bigger picture and what God has promised you because this will give you hope. You may have to take a diversion or take longer to get there but this does not mean you should raise the white flag before your time has come. Even when your current position seems dull, focusing on your end goal will bring to light, why you started this in the first place and why giving up now will only be a waste.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NIV
This is not an exhaustive list of how to end the urge of giving up and in but we pray this will encourage you enough to try again should you fail once or again. UNFXP wishes you a prosperous year of success, fulfilment and accomplishment and hopes you grow and persevere past your setbacks.