While it´s common for most people to focus intently on succeeding, it´s also important for successful people to focus on failing. No matter how determined or intelligent you are, failure is a key part of life. As a matter of fact, it´s a very important part of life. As more and more companies apply heavier expectations – a do more with less approach – employees feel the pressure to succeed quickly, the first time they try.

If you´re a typical business man or woman who wants to excel in this competitive environment, there are several important lessons you can take away from experiencing the full Monty – that is experiencing failure along the path to success.

Fail productively
You may see this as counterproductive, but in essence, this is a good plan. Project managers in particular should remember that experimenting is essential to learning what works – and what doesn´t – so if you are a project manager that has experimented and failed, look at the productivity behind your failed project.  There will be no better time to look back and find the perfect solution to your client´s problem or a solution that will help advance you closer to your goal for the next round.

Push ahead
Winston Churchill once said that  “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Think about how many times you´ve failed and wanted to give up – or maybe you actually did give up. Failure itself is only temporary, that is, it´s temporary until you try again. Failure is, however, final if you give up. The best way to deal with failure is to dust yourself off and head back into your project with full force. The key is to push ahead, building on your learned lessons along the way.

Look fear in the face
There is no better time or reason to face your fears than when you fail. Fear has the ability to squeeze our willpower out of our pursuits and send us running for safer times. It can rob us of our security and make us wish we´d never even taken on the project in the first place. Break free of the fear by looking it in the face. You´ll be surprised how much better you will feel once you overcome your fears and move on.

Arm yourself with new lessons
One of the greatest outcomes of failure is learning what does not work. Or, at the very least, what does not work well. Consider the reasons for your failure and how you can add new lessons and insight to making the next round a successful one. Consider the new round like a new opportunity with new resources while you set yourself up to start again!

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://www.liquidplanner.com/blog/the-importance-of-failing-productively/
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

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