James Emery White, in a recent post at ChurchandCulture.org, has made a great case in realizing how not to fail at failing. His six ways churches fail at failing:
- Failure to address your failure though innovation until such innovation is pursued out of desperation and in imitation of existing mainstream innovations
- Failure to address your failure through relocation until that time when relocation is no longer a viable option
- Failure to address your failure through changes in existing staff
- Failure to address your failure through a renewed focus on the mission
- Failure to address your failure by not expanding strategically
- Failure to address your failure by failing to look in the mirror
In other words, do you fail to do - in the midst of failing - what needs to be done to stop failing?
For more great thoughts on failing, check out:
How the Mighty Fall, by Jim Collins
Failure is not so much a physical state as a state of mind; success is falling down, and getting up one more time, without end.
The Dip, by Seth Godin
All our successes are the same; all our failures, too.
We fail when we give up too soon.
We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do.
We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don't have the guts to quit.
Failing Forward, by John Maxwell
When you learn to fail forward, you won't ever have to give up.