Does Failure Lead to Intelligence?



“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  Henry Ford

Do you criticise yourself when you don’t reach the standard you have set for yourself or fail? Do you think you did that as a child when you were learning to walk & you fell or ‘failed’ over & over until you GOT IT? I know, it was probably preverbal so you won’t actually remember having to encourage yourself each effort. But that subconscious part of you that does most of the driving, will have been factoring in each off-balance movement you made, so that you could correct that bit next time. Just like a gymnast who has to do each move over & over until the nervous system has GOT IT!

The intelligence that Henry Ford is talking about is exactly that correction of the nervous system to do something differently next time so eventually that groove is so well worn, that that pathway is the most likely path to take. We do this physically all the time but we can do it with any of our emotional and personal development lessons as well. Recognising that and not jumping on the judgement bandwagon will be an encouragement that feels a lot better than the constant criticism. Just tune into your body’s messages. If you have tried something and it hasn’t worked out focus on how you feel about that. If the body is feeling low in energy, heavy or even fearful then you’ve probably just been critical or judgemental. Try turning that experience around and find the learning to apply the next time, so you can begin again “more intelligently!”

Enjoy treating ‘failure’ intelligently!

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