Failure, that word can send positive or negative emotions into your mind, however know turning failure into achievement is possible.
The word failure can be deeply rooted within you and take you back to when you were younger. Do you recall the first time you failed as a child?
Perhaps a team you played on failed by not reaching the championship game. Or maybe you failed by not making the traveling team.
No matter if you experienced failure in your youth or not, failure has deep roots.
Failure can be viewed like a weed with a deep root in your flower garden and if left unattended, can grow and overtake the flowers around them. However there is good news to remove the weed and you can to that, by turning failure into achievement.
Here are the five things necessary to overcome setbacks in your life.
- Turning failure into achievement begins with looking at failure as GOOD!
It was Winston Churchill who said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
When you fail, shift your mind on how you view failure. This is extremely hard to do, especially if you have been working on a project, business, dream or anything you truly desired and then hit the wall of failure. You poured your heart and energy into that “thing” and came up empty. Yes it is hard.
I experienced this when I was fired from a corporate job, because the company was heading a new direction after turning around a sales team from underperforming to top performing. I contributed everything to my team and the company, yet here I was being fired. Looking at failure as good took some time for me personally. However know you can find the good in failure if you look hard enough. It may take some time, but don’t loose sight on finding the good. I found the good in that failure given it caused me to awaken inside and seek to find my purpose in life.
Investment in learning and analyzing can help turning failure into achievement.
2. Invest time into learning from failure.
Failure in seen time and time again in various sports. If you follow baseball, when a batter gets up to the plate to hit the ball, on average, fails seven out of ten times. Meaning the batter only makes contact with the ball 30% of the time. This is a good batting average in major league sports.
Think about your own life, would you consider 30% good? Probably not. Yet those in major league baseball know that a 30% batting average is good.
Finding the time to invest what you can learn from failure may not sound fun, however leaders do this consistently and those who seek to advance do this. In a article published by World Economic Forum, it shares the ways leaders learn from failure.
- What can I learn from this failure?
- What tools/resources do I need to implement which could help me achieve?
- Why do I want to achieve this?
Asking yourself these questions and writing down your responses, will push the mind to begin to think about finding a solution to push through the setback.
Surround yourself with others and look towards the future by turning failure into achievement.
4. Seek guidance from individuals to guide your journey.
One of the things I have done, is surrounded myself with individuals who have helped me overcome my personal setbacks. Having someone providing the guide towards the goal, helps eliminates frustration and fear and projects confidence and courage.
5. Avoid quitting and stopping short given it robs you of your future.
Quitting isn’t part of the process to achieve. When you fail look at failure as part of the process and focus on the future. What lies ahead? Even if you don’t truly know what lies ahead, embrace the unknown with certainty. You have a choice to keep going or to give up. Choose to keep going by turning your failure into achievement.
“In struggle and chaos, the next step is your choice. For that, let us be grateful and bold.”
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