You Failed: Retry

CandyCrush

This little graphic has become all too familiar.

Yes, I’m rather ashamed to admit that I have joined the other 45.6 MILLION monthly users who play Candy Crush!

The words “You failed! Retry” are a daily occurrence.  I’m at my capacity.  I’m beyond my scope.

But rather than those words defeating me I get back up and keep going or I at least wait it out for a few more lives.  I’m determined to beat it.  I know that I’m better at this.

“You failed! Retry” poses a challenge I’m determined to take on.

That’s all well and good in candy land, but those words in real life… that’s another story.

We face “You failed! Retry” every day.  A leadership situation that went awry.  A parenting blunder.  A harsh word uttered.

We fail often and we know we’ve got to retry, but somehow we don’t get back up with the same energy.

“You failed! Retry” aren’t words that make us try harder, oftentimes they’re the words that hold us back or shut us down.  We’re not convinced we can beat it.  We aren’t so sure we’ll get re-energized with new life to get back up and go after it again.

But what if we did?

What if we had the same assurance that we can win this thing eventually?  What if we believed that failing wasn’t the end?  It just means “retry”.

What are you feeling defeated by?

What would change if you were simply willing to retry?

  • Stephanie Haynes

    Thanks Jenni for such a great perspective switch!

  • Caroline McCain

    Great blog! And ughhh… I’m stuck on Level 70 too! :)