I find it’s easy to be grateful when things go well. How do I feel grateful when I make a mistake, or something has gone wrong?

First, it is important to realize that we are often our own worst critics.  All of us make mistakes, and most of us make many mistakes.  When you do something wrong, just know you are in good company.  Former pro basketball player, Michael Jordan is reported to have said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.”

Dale Carnegie was a businessman who developed a program for public speaking that has been successful for years.  Take a moment to read a brief overview of his life at http://www.dalecarnegie.org/

His lifetime of experience was replete with failures; yet, overall, he was wildly successful.  In fact, he said, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”   He was a man who believed his own words and followed his own instruction!!

Failure is just a part of the process of getting to success.  If we can stop shunning failure and look to see what it has to teach us, we will find that, even in failure, there is much for which to be grateful.   For instance, failure can teach us how NOT to do something.  The most successful sports figures, businessmen, and inventors have recognized the important role that initial failure played as they strove toward success.  You, too, can make that discovery and be grateful for what you learn each time your efforts fall short of the mark.