Failure is Part of the Process
It can get so discouraging when looking for the right treatment for migraine. There are hundreds of options to try and not enough time to try them all. When faced with one failure after another, it can seem easier to just give up. For most of us, giving up means that we stop trying to find a way to reduce the number of attacks and simply treat each attack symptomatically.
We don’t want to fail. We long for that one treatment that will finally make all the difference. We dream of that “ah, ha!” moment when everything falls into place and our head is clear for the first time in ages. We resist trying again because we don’t think we can stand the pain of yet another failure.
What if you could change the way you think about those failures? What if I told you that failure is simply one more step in the process that leads to success? Do you think you might be able to embrace that next failure?
Recently I was binge watching some of my favorite shows, when I heard one of the characters say…
“The reason I’m successful is because on the heels of defeat, I start all over again. Failure is part of the process. You don’t know where you’re vulnerable until your fail.”
That hit me hard when I realized that the same is true when seeking an effective treatment for migraine. It doesn’t take any special skills or talents to keep on trying. It just takes the refusal to quit and the commitment to learn from each treatment failure.
Every time we try something that doesn’t work, we learn something new about migraine, about ourselves, about the treatment, and about our doctor. No treatment failure is wasted. Each one unveils something new about the way migraine operates in our individual bodies. By learning these lessons, we are better equipped for the next round.
I challenge you to embrace each new treatment, welcoming success or failure as just one more step toward your ultimate goal: fewer migraine attacks.
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