Some people fail to reach many different goals in life because of some early success; many more fail because of their ego-driven commitment to what worked in the past. They shy away from further attempts, afraid that they might fail, diminishing the glow from a past success. Besides, they reason, the success of something new might even prove that those achievements they made in the past were not great after all.
Strength can become weakness. Every talent contains an opposite that sometimes makes it into a handicap. Successful people like to win and achieve high standards. This can make them so afraid of failure it greatly affects their lives. When a positive trait, like achievement, becomes too strong in someone’s life, it’s on the way to becoming a major handicap.
Achievement is a powerful tool for most successful people. They build their world on it. They achieve at everything they do: school, college, sports, the arts, hobbies, work. Each new achievement brings more power to their lives.
How can failure work for us? It is simple, for every failure we experience we learn what does not work or a behavior we should not repeat. Let’s not be afraid of failure. The misperception is that failure is somehow bad for us. Failure is just the opposite and here are eight reasons why failure is a launching pad for success.
- Failure manifests determination
- Failure stimulates creativity
- Failure fully engages your brain
- Failure brings change
- Failure shows the strong from the weak
- Failure motivates you to try again
- Failure is an opportunity to learn
- Without failure you become complacent
Failure is a learning opportunity, but only if we seize it. More often than not failure is seen as something that should be hidden and avoided. How often in our lives do we think people make the same mistakes over and over again because no one ever admits to the mistake or examines why the mistake was made.
Every year we strive to do be better and be more successful at what we do. Often, however, we only remember successes that are so large that they hit us right in the face, when they are so large that everyone else congratulates us.
It is often not the big steps that determine a success, it is the little things. Maybe we wrote a thank you letter, or you called a friend to see how they were doing. Maybe we referred an associate to someone else to solve a problem that they could not. We could also have rewarded someone for doing the smallest thing that really helped someone else.
By understanding and planning for our successes we will be able to repeat them and eventually be able to achieve the goal of a successful life.
Plan for success, learn from failures.