Turning Failures Into Accomplishments
I've had many accomplishments in life. I've been nominated for various positions, received numerous awards, and have even won contests.
YET, I have also failed at many things.
- When I first began writing, all I received were rejection letters (on my first book) for FIVE long years.
- The first time I took my GED test I failed it big time.
- I had panic and fear so badly I couldn't go shopping, I stopped driving, and didn't leave my home for two years. I felt like I had failed my husband and kids because I could not perform my duties as a wife and mother.
- When we adopted our 2nd dog, Baby Ruth, I failed as a trainer, when she was resistant to my commands and became a holy terror.
- My Dad only asked for one thing from me his entire life, that he would be brought back home to die. I never brought him home--he was so sick he went straight from the nursing home to the hospital. This hurt me more than you will ever know. I failed my father.
- And most recently we adopted a rescue dog, whom we love with all our hearts, but he began marking, chewing, and being aggressive to our smaller dogs. After two months of training and these behaviors still present, I was ready to give up, and contacted the rescue organization. I felt like such a failure, because here I am a dog trainer and I have successfully trained hundreds of dogs, but couldn't seem to break these bad behaviors from the pup I loved and wanted to keep.
But I didn't let those failures hold me back. Instead of Giving Up:
- I kept writing and had my first short story accepted by Guideposts for Teens and won the Writer of the Year. Also I went on to have over 500 stories and articles published, and now have written several books, one I've just finished, P.A.W.S. for Healing, which I will be pitching to publishers today! This is a book that the same publisher rejected six months ago, but the editor encouraged me to rewrite and pitch again. So I took his advice, although at one point I felt like giving up. And now I am confident that this book is written much better and will be published in the upcoming year.
- I studied harder and took the GED test again, this time passing with flying colors. Then I went onto college, maintained a 3.0, made the Dean's List every quarter, and later received a degree in Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies.
- I finally told my husband how I was feeling, went to counseling, and began doing things afraid and overcoming my panic attacks. Although I've dealt with PTSD I speak in front of hundreds of people today sharing my story of abuse, triumph, and healing.
- I worked harder with Baby Ruth, and eventually she came around and started obeying me. I also taught her to do some neat tricks and we used her in our anti-bullying program to show that bullies can change too.
- I realized that my Dad did go home--not to his earthly house, but to a home with God, far greater, in heaven, where he will never have to suffer again. I was the one who prayed the sinner's prayer with him year's ago. So, in a way, I did lead him to a way better home than the one here on earth--and God set him free from all his pain.
- I decided I am not giving up on this rescue dog. I am determined to train and rehabilitate him because he is a part of our family and we love him. He's making great progress now that we keep a training collar and long lead on him when he's awake. He hasn't marked anything in the past 3 days, he hasn't bolted out the door, he hasn't chewed up anything he shouldn't, and he only got vicious once with the other dogs in a play session. So I stopped the play time and gave him a time out.. The aggression stopped immediately.
Slowly, but surely I'm turning my failures into accomplishments. How about you?
Are there some things in your life that you've given up on? Why not revisit those things and see if there is a way you can turn those failures into accomplishments, it's never too late. It doesn't matter as much what you did yesterday, but what really counts is what you decide to do today.
2 Chronicles 15:7 tells us, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Proverbs 3:6 tells us, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your effort with success.”
Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
You Can Do It!
We know you can do it, and you probably have! So we would love to hear your story of failure, but how you're turning (or have turned) your situation around into an accomplishment. You'll be amazed at how your story will encourage others to do something they've given up on. Please leave your stories and comments below.