If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then maybe the definition of imperfection is something that’s just a six-pack away from being perfect. The surest way to fail is to adopt the belief that it’s not ok to fail. Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
By having a Plan B we are acknowledging that failure isn’t fatal if we are prepared for it. We can also learn from our mistakes so that we become better at what we do and undertake in the future.
It is important to strive for perfection but it is more important to accept failure and react positively by having an alternative that compensates for it. Many of our most remarkable inventions were discovered by accident or the failure of an intended outcome which revealed an unintended consequence of real value in other ways. Penicillin, viagra and dynamite are some examples of this.
The key to survival is adaptability as demonstrated in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Adaptability is being able to change our approach to success by accepting failure and moving on. The law of natural selection rewards those who can implement this strategy.
Your entire life is comprised of a series of choices. Who you are and what you have accomplished is a result of those choices. Assuming responsibility for those choices is what separates the winners from the losers. How we react to circumstances determines the impact they have upon us and blaming the world only leaves us with the weight of the world upon our shoulders.
Admittedly, it is not an easy thing to do, requiring determination, perseverance and humility to respond to situations that require us to change our habitual pattern of reaction. If we don’t, however, the price may well be more than we can afford, with cynicism, apathy and depression being the reward. Not only do we suffer but those around us will suffer as well.
If somebody tries to rescue a person who is drowning, they are still a hero whether or not they succeed. We all recognise effort as an action requiring sacrifice, fallen soldiers are regarded as heroes even if they lost the battle.
We must learn to forgive ourselves for not achieving Plan A. Plan B may not be what we really wanted but it’s better than giving up all together.