There was a time when you would try and fail; End of story. Times have changed, failure is no longer the dirty word it once was. Failure in the words of the marketing experts has been repositioned. Failure rather than being a final destination has become a stepping stone on the road to success. An inevitable step on the road of those who take risk and travel often. So if you have a couple of failures under your belt, rather than dwelling on the negative, think positivity about the future and remember that you are closer to success than you might think.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison.
Mr Edison was also known to have said, “I never failed, I just found 10,000 ways that it didn’t work”. Repositioning failure or changing your perspective on what it means is a powerful position to take. But what’s required is not blind attempts to try and try again but an intelligent approach to learning from these failures.
You can learn from your failures by looking retrospectively at something you have failed at and asking yourself these questions.
1. Did I set the Wrong Goals?
Too many people set goals that other people want for them. Things that would make their father, mother or partner happy. When you go after something in life it must be something you want. Something that improves your life and the lives of others. If you attempt to make something work that you don’t really want for yourself you are heading for a big failure! Follow your own dreams not the sensible ones other people want for you.
2. Did I put in Enough Planning?
Heading Gung ho into a project won’t get your there any more quickly or give you better results. Thought and planning is usually the better route. Think carefully about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Seek advice from Mentors and get relevant advice on what you are attempting to do. Take your time when making big decisions.
3. Did I take on too much at once?
If you take on too much at once you are on a fast-track to Failure, The more things you do at the same time the more you are splitting your focus, If you can focus on one project at a time and minimise your work in progress you have a higher possibility of success.
So if you have failed don’t sweat. Stand up dust yourself off and start again. The reality in life today it is not important that you fall, because you will. What’s important is how long you stay lying down.
Failure is but an opportunity to improve. Congratulate yourself for trying, learn from your mistakes and try again.