Four Ways to Deal With a Failure In Progress

I’ll be the first to admit that not all of my ideas are top-notch. Sometimes, I conceive the ill-conceived.

Some of the places I have lived have had large yards to mow. Some have had small ones. One in particular had a small yard. Tiny, in fact. So, for efficiency’s sake, I thought I would cut the grass for the first time with my trusty string trimmer. Portable. Easy to maneuver. Simple.

Well, not so simple.

See, the grass was a little wet. And long. And sticky. And some form of mutant-onion-smelling grass. So cutting it took about three times as long as it would have with the mower.

No one takes on a task with full gusto while thinking that their decisions about said tasks are flawed. So what do you do when faced with a failure in progress?

Four things…

  1. Press on. Once my clothes were covered in sticky onion grass, I had little choice but to keep going.
  2. Regroup. I discovered that my whacking of the weeds was foolhardy, and I had to decide to suck it up, knowing that my mower would get a workout next week for sure.
  3. Change methods. In the beginning, I tried cutting in rows. That did no good at all. I switched to a more effective scythe-style swath approach.
  4. Admit defeat. It just wasn’t going to work. I cut my losses and left my backyard for another time.

What do you do when in the midst of a failure in progress?