We May Be Surprised

Try, try, try again goes the old saying. It was a motto. I heard it when I was young. It still applies today, especially to those who want to write. But there comes the point when you fail. Keep failing, keep trying, change, adjust, but the result is still the same. No success. 

Try walking away for a while. Get a fresh outlook. Think of another strategy. Maybe it will work. If it fails, what do you do? Try again. Perhaps the 100th approach will work. Try a new way of thinking. Results often come when different efforts are applied. The desired effect may not even appear then. 

What are you going to do? Four options come to mine. The first is to revise and try a modified plan. Quitting would be the second option, if you can get an inward peace about it. Put the project on the shelf for a while or try to get some sort of learning environment to sharpen your skills would be the third plan. The last would be to start a new project using your newly acquired skills.

Warning. Do not throw away the first project or burn it. A year from now, a fresh breeze of motivation may blow your way for its revival. 

Failure is a mental concept, not physical. The tire may be flat, but it can be patched or replaced. Failure in the world’s eyes is your learning step for success. When you were a child learning to walk, you did not give up when you fell. You got up and tried it again and again. Now that you have walked 1000 plus miles one step at a time, aren’t you glad you didn’t give up? 

There is truth in the adage try, try, try again; without trying, nothing new would ever be invented. Remember superglue. It was a new plastic supposedly. Post-it pads came about by trying to create something else.

The point is if we put effort into a project, the result may be significant. Just not the one we were looking for or the one we intended. If we put the effort in and leave the results to God, we may be surprised by what God will do with our diligence.