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Journaling Prompt #21 – Failure

October 15th, 2008 by Avital
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This week’s journaling prompt is an exercise in self reflection that prepares the ground for next week’s Inspiration prompt – so stay put and make sure to come back on Monday, October 20th

Failure is a natural and integral part of our lives. Failure is an intrinsic part of learning a new skill or mastery. We try and we fail. Sometimes we try again and sometimes we are so discouraged from our failure that we stop and move over to the next challenge, or stop and fret about it…

For this week’s journaling prompt I want you to set aside at least half and hour and reflect about what you consider as your failures in life –

  • List 3-5 things you are considering as your personal failure.
  • Why do you consider these things as failures?
  • What do you think is the cause of these failures?
  • Do you consider those things as a small or a big failure?
  • What have you learned from these failures?
  • Have you given one of your challenges a second try after failing at it?
    • If so – what happened after the second (third, fourth, etc.) trial?
    • If not- why haven’t you tried again? What stopped you?

Share –

I know it is a difficult and a very personal subject, but if you wish to share your thoughts about it, I’d love to hear what you have in mind, so leave a comment.

The winner is…

The winner of the book: Visual Chronicles by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino is:


Her comment was:

I am celebrating the new year by reflecting back on the joys of being a mother and seeing the rewards as my children launch their independent lives. It’s my first year as an empty nester and as painful as it is, I know I’ve done my job and that my children’s success away from me is a true blessing.

Congratulations, Elizabeth. Please send me your address so I can send you the book. (I’m sorry but If I don’t get your address by Wednesday, 22nd October (2008) – I’ll have to choose another random winner – so make sure to send it ASAP 🙂 .)

The process of choosing a winner was very high tech, as you can see for yourself:

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5 Comments to “Journaling Prompt #21 – Failure”

  1. Weallareone says:

    Hi Taly,

    Thanks for today’s journalling prompt on failure, I clicked through from facebook.

    i did the journalling, following the questions, because when I read them I knew I’d feel better about what I had in the past labelled as failures, and sure enough voila I know have a much more positive view on them.

    I sold my house because I didn’t get the payrise I felt I was due, I did make €85,000 which, 2 years later is all gone, I considered this as a failure because I didn’t have a return on my money!
    What this has taught me is several things, I now have confidence in my own skills, and am getting better and better at asking for what I want. I also have a far improved relationship with money – earlier this year I identified a self limiting belief that if I had money it meant I was a bad person! This was at an unconsious level and I’ve turned this belief around considerably.
    I continue to take positive action towards achieving my dreams, and one of the key learnings I got from this process was that this example my seem like a failure, but actually it’s and indicator of my success- 12 years ago I was homeless and unemployed, my life today is light years from that reality that once was!

    Thank you

    • Avital says:

      Thank you very much for sharing – I really appreciate that and this is the exact result I was aiming for. On Monday I will try to change the way we think about failures…

      If it means anything, I think you are definitely not a failure but rather a great success story – you have achieved soooo much – it is remarkable. I am happy you are starting to see that for yourself 🙂

    • Avital says:

      “When you endeavor to do what’s right against all odds, even if you don’t at first succeed, there’s nobility and even majesty in such setbacks”. by: Herb Cohen

  2. Is it weird that I don’t think I ever really failed? I mean, I went through a big career change – but I don’t necessarily see that as a failure. Just as growth and change of direction.

    • Avital says:

      It isn’t weird at all… It’s actually kind of the point in this exercise (as you can see on Monday). A career change is definitely not a failure!!! 🙂