This whole idea of failing forward is one of the key concepts we will need to engage our lives, our families, our churches and organizations in continuous change. It creates a posture of learning and growing. One of the sayings I use around our church is that 'everything new is an experiment'. I introduce a new program or plan with words like this, "We are trying this out" or "we are experimenting with this." That way we develop an experimental and learning culture. If it works, our experiment was awesome and it succeeded. If it doesn't work, we learned from our experiment and try something else.
Here are some helpful hints I read recently,
“Rules for Being Human.”
Rule #1: You will learn lessons.
Rule #2: There are no mistakes – only lessons.
Rule #3: A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Rule #4: If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.
Rule #5: You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.
"Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly." Matthew 36:74-75
"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘ And it shall come to pass in the last days..." Acts 2:14-17