Read the above message again. Now do it one more time and let the words sink in.
Why are those words so important?
Great question and I have an answer for you.
They are important because people give up too easily. In life, love, business, even every day relationships sometimes. Something doesn’t work out exactly they way they expected it to, so they just quit. They fell on their face, they deemed the situation a failure and that was the end of it.
But maybe that shouldn’t have been. The end to it, I mean. Maybe that was just the setback that would have led to the AHA moment, that would have made the situation taken off.
Failing can be a good thing. It could be a great thing actually. Do you know how many times Ben Franklin failed before getting struck by lightning and discovering electricity? And let’s face it. How many people would actually looked at being struck by lightning a good thing? But if it had not been for that near fatal experience that one man had in the midst of a storm we would not be able to enjoy the luxuries we have today thanks to electricity.
I can’t tell you how many things I have personally failed at. There have been many. But each time I step back and take a look at what I am doing and why. The main thing you need to ask in any situation is WHY. Why are you doing this thing? If you have a strong Why behind you, you will have a stronger desire to see it through. So once you have determined your why, you can begin to analyze the reason it didn’t work out and evaluating different ways to do it again. Eventually, (most of the time) it will work out. If it doesn’t, then it’s truly not meant to be and you need to walk away from it.
Sometimes a failure will actually lead to something entirely different. Something even better than what you previously were expecting. One failed relationship could lead to finding the partner of your dreams and because you now know what not to do, you can spend all your time doing what you should be doing. The same goes in business or anything else that you invest your time in.
This weeks challenge is to look at areas that you feel you have failed in. What were you trying to accomplish and more important Why were you trying to accomplish them.
What were you hoping the end result was going to be and how hard did you try before giving up? Now do some diagnostic work. Did you really fail or did the work get to hard? Did you just decided to stop putting time and attention into it? Is it something that you could go back and do again but differently? If not is there a lesson that you learned you can use for future endeavors? If yes, what is it? How will you use it to benefit you?
Write down some of your failures and instead of being depressed over them be grateful for the lessons learned. Failures teach us our strengths as well as our weaknesses. Once you have your list, start figuring out ways to build off of the failures. You opened a business and it failed? First of all why did you want to open a business. Now what was it that made it fail? Maybe you had all the right ideas but your not great with marketing. Maybe your great at marketing but no so good with the daily task of running a business. Use your strengths and do what you can do and then put people in place to do the rest. Or, take your strengths and find other people who need them and use them to your advantage. Take your failure and turn it into an opportunity.
Everyone has failed at some point. Leaders use their failures to their advantage. Leaders don’t stay on the bottom even when the bottom falls out on them. They lean in heavy on their WHYs and keep moving forward. This week I want us all to move forward. The sky’s the limit as long as your always falling forwards, and not backwards.
Face it……….. Challenge it………….Conquer it.