Sunday Inspiration: Have You Set Yourself Up to Fail?

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Have You Set Yourself Up to Fail?

by Joanne Troppello

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

Are you so afraid of failure that you are too scared to step out in faith with the plan that God has for your life?

I have been in this position many times. I’ve always considered myself a worrier and this is something that God has worked on in my life as a Christian over the last 31 years in my walk with the Lord.

I believe that we can set ourselves up for failure, sometimes without even realizing it. We have a dream that God has sparked in our lives.

However, we come up with every excuse in the book not to step out in faith. We think we are going to fail, so we fail to try.

You May Be the One Stopping Yourself from Succeeding

Of course, obstacles come into our path every day. It’s understandable that we fear failure. However, that shouldn’t stop you from stepping out into the wonderful plan God has for your life.

My mom used to remind me all throughout my formative years, that if there is a will, there is a way. That expression has stayed with me through my adulthood.

I believe that since my mom had a “can-do” spirit, that rubbed off on me and I feel the same way. Sure, I had issues with worrying about things too much and not giving my concerns over to God. But, I have always believed that I could do it—whatever I set my mind too.

Now, sure I have failed many times. As a person with an entrepreneurial spirit, I have sold AVON, Melaleuca, Arbonne, Shaklee, and Young Living. Ok, ok…I can see you shaking your head right now. I still am a distributor with Shaklee and Young Living today. Things have not gone as quickly with those entrepreneurial ventures as I’d hoped, but I love their natural products and have seen great health results by taking them.

I started as a freelance copywriter 20 years ago. That is a long time. It’s only in the last three years that I have been making good money as a freelancer. Now, I didn’t quit my day job when I started as a freelancer. That would have been a surefire way to fail.

However, I share these experiences to let you know that failure is ok. It’s going to happen. You are going to fail, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to accomplish new goals.

If you think your failure has been epic, check out this article to read more about some of the world’s most famous people who have tried things and failed. Some of those people include the following:

· Abraham Lincoln

· Albert Einstein

· Dr. Seuss

· Emily Dickinson

· George Lucas

· Oprah Winfrey

· Stephen King

· Steve Jobs

· J.K. Rowling

If these famous people can try and fail and try again—many of whom failed a myriad of times—why can’t you try and fail and try again?

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I still have dreams in my life. Yes, even middle-aged people can dream big. I know God isn’t finished with me yet.

If His plans for my life were completed, then I’d be with Him in Heaven right now.

Obviously, I’m not in Heave yet, so I keep living. Keep trying. Keep believing. Keep trusting that God has a plan that is perfect for my life. Things won’t always be rosy. Obstacles will come, but God will be with me through it all.

If you trust Him, He will be with you through it all as well.

There are things in my heart and visions I’ve seen of all that God wants to do in my life and my husband’s life. I’m believing God one step at a time, through every fear and failure, and each victory—even the small ones.

I challenge you to start believing in yourself. To believe in the deep dreams in your heart. What dreams are in your heart today?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello Publisher Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.

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