PTSD Healing Thought of the Week: There really is no such thing as failure, there are only results

Posted by Michele Rosenthal

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 • PTSD Healing Thought of the Week

Some thoughts today about how you see your PTSD recovery progress which, if you’re anything like me, is SLOW.PTSD, Healing Thought of the Week

All along the way I criticized myself for not being able to do more, progress faster, or let go sooner. It was, to say the least, not a helpful mindset.

Every time I tried some new therapy that failed to bring me freedom I moaned that I was doomed to fail forever. Not true. It feels like that, but not true.

One thing that would have helped me is having a better perspective about failure. As in, there’s no such thing!

Over the past few years I’ve learned that actually, there really is no such thing as failure, there are only results. And if we don’t like the results we try another action designed to bring different results, and then another after that until we get the results we are seeking.

Edison’s over 1,000 attempts at making a lightbulb is a popular example of ‘results’ versus ‘failure.’ Imagine how in the dark we’d be if he had given up.

You are seeking to create your own PTSD lightbulb. Don’t accept the dark.

You have enormous healing potential. The goal is learning to access it. Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!

It is possible to conquer the past and create the future – the first step is choosing to take the journey.

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2 Responses to “PTSD Healing Thought of the Week: There really is no such thing as failure, there are only results”

  1. Leslie says:

    I love this. I love the comparison to Edison. I’ve always been amazed at how he believed in his idea, in himself enough to keep going! Great post!

  2. @Leslie — It’s such a simple idea, the way we view Edison, but it speaks VOLUMES doesn’t it, about how we view ourselves. So glad you appreciate his example the way I do!

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