Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

My friend Megan emailed me last night. My heart filled with happiness knowing that she took the time to think of me…and wanted to make me feel better. In fact, the response from everyone yesterday was so amazing and overwhelming….

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read each of these comments.
I’m so blessed to call each and every one of you a friend.

Here is what Megan said in her email:

Hi Ashley,

This is what is on our fridge and I need to read it all the time…

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.

You fell down the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.

English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

Don’t worry about failure.

Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

I cried – because that’s what I do best with people inspire and motivate me. And then I thanked her for the kind email, which came at the most perfect timing.

Worrying about failure is a huge fault of mine. Even though it took years to see it and even more years to admit it, I’m a perfectionist.  I like need everything not just accurate and correct on the first try- but PERFECT on the first try.

But life isn’t always perfect….

I am not always perfect…

And failing is simply part of life.

Because failure teaches you lessons. 

Failure helps you appreciate the journey, not just the destination.

Failing at something makes you stronger and wiser.

And as I think about my blog post yesterday, running a half marathon instead of a full marathon is not a failure. Not even close. But next time when I start to train for a full marathon, I won’t be afraid of failing. And most importantly:

I won’t let failure win.  

And this message doesn’t just apply to running my half marathon in November. It applies to everything. And probably something you’re experiencing right now too…Work, school, health, marriage, friendships, financials, goals, dreams – whatever you’re going through…just think of this blog post. 

Don’t worry about failure.  

Don’t worry about anything.

Just believe in yourself, focus on the journey, and give it everything you have to come out on top!

Much love,

One thought on “Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

  1. Ashleyson..You really do inspire people wit h your words AND actions…you are KIND… you are SMART.. You are BEAUTIFUL in every single way. I am the proudest MamaT in the Universe.. yes Universe.. them alien MamaT's don't have a first born womb child like I do! ❤ Love Always and Forever ❤

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