The word FAILURE often comes with connotations of anxiety, self-doubt, and deflation.

And it is not uncommon to let one failed attempt at something new prevent us from ever trying it again. However, the way I see it, failure can be a powerful tool for progression. You can either allow it to ignite your determination to try again, or let it guide you towards a new, more destined path.

I am a firm believer in ‘try, try, try again’, yet even I have learnt to accept that sometimes failure is just the universe trying to tell us to move on. It’s guiding us towards the discovery of our plethora of hidden talents.

In fact, one of the key things that failure has taught me is how to harness my inner strength and really invest in my wellbeing in times of crisis. It is so important to acknowledge and respect the times when we feel at our lowest, in order to use these times to build up self-love and fuel new adventures.

I’m going to use long distance running here as an example; shocker! Failure in sport, whether it be due to injury or a poor performance, can take a hell of a lot of self-love to bounce back from. Both physically and emotionally, the experience can be quite a setback if you allow yourself to wallow in the failure.

“It is so important to acknowledge and respect the times when we feel at our lowest, in order to use these times to build up self-love and fuel new adventures.”

Let me share a story with you all. Last year I sustained a serious hip injury from running, and it took me months to acknowledge and actually accept how broken I really was. Ignoring the advice of coaches, friends, and doctors, I powered through the pain. My slowing time trials were a constant source of agony both physically and emotionally. I was completely drained. BUT, once I accepted my failure I was able to respect it, draw on my inner strength, and nurse it into self-love. Rather than pounding my body continuously, I was forced to slow down and found yoga as a result. Putting time into my yoga practice became an investment in my wellbeing and for once I was truly taking care of myself. This once cataclysmic failure, helped me to discover a beautiful balance between life at 100 miles an hour, and days of complete restoration. The universe was preventing my imminent burnout and I will be forever grateful for this experience of failure.

Another priceless side effect of failure comes as a result of reaching out for help from others. An invaluable amount of respect can be gained from our peers by expressing our failures, and embracing honesty. In my eyes, admitting to failure is not a weakness but a strength, and the amount of inspirational people I have met through sharing my stories is mind blowing. Our downfalls make us human and people relate to this far more than plastic perfection.

“The universe was preventing my imminent burnout and I will be forever grateful for this experience of failure.”

Furthermore, it is often when life sends us soaring through the clouds of success, that a little failure becomes the vital ingredient to our progression. We need to be knocked back a little every now and again. It helps us to appreciate our strengths and keeps us humble.

Why be a 10/10 when you can be an honest, humble, beautiful 9/10 who is constantly improving upon themselves, fuelled by a concoction of self-love, determination, and super powers.