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“Did I fail?”

I found myself standing in my kitchen this morning, asking myself this question.

The past two years have had a significant impact on my business financials. When you set your yearly revenue goals, you never expect disaster to strike. But of course life happens, we just hope it doesn’t happen to us.

So over the past couple years I have found myself asking, “Should I be doing more?” “Should I have done more to prepare?” Or, “What the f&*k should I do?”

Like I always do, I took my thoughts about failure to my morning journal practice. This is what I have realized.

It is normal for thoughts to turn to failure when struck with an unexpected turn of events. It is normal for thoughts to turn to failure when you think you are not doing enough, or not doing the “right” things.

When I look at what I have accomplished over the past 2 years, I haven’t failed at all. In fact, I think I adapted to a very challenging experience to the best of my abilities. My weaknesses for sure showed up, but so did my strengths. As I know yours did as well.

If I were to look at success from a different lens, from what I truly value as success for me, I feel as though I have succeeded. I haven’t achieved all my goals (yet), and that is okay.

If I were to stop everything today and no longer run my business, I would be so proud of the footprint I would be leaving behind. I can’t help but think that that is all that matters.

There are so many things that you do that make you successful. Things that no financial/business metric or algorithm can ever take away. I highly encourage you to take note of them. I did that this morning and it took away any notion of failure from my mind.

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