Success and failure – two sides of the same coin
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Sir Winston Churchill
What is failure?
For many people failure is terminal. It ends their dreams hopes and goals. They give up and basically die. They go through the motions of living but they have no enthusiasm for life.
For really successful people, there is no failure only opportunities to learn and advance their careers and lives. They embrace failure and dissect why they were not successful and adapt their plans and methods to include their results so that they constantly move forward towards their goals.
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” —Henry J. Kaiser
Goals and failure
If you do not know where you are going, any failure may be terminal. You will believe that your goals are not meant for you and you will stop advancing. In order to overcome this, you need to believe fully in your goals. You need to understand that when you set your goals, they were developed on the best information available at that time. Things change! Stuff happens! You need to constantly review and where necessary adapt your goals to the new environment.
Successful people usually don’t even use the word “failure”, most prefer to use “setback” or even “unexpected results”. This enables them to view these setbacks as temporary and a learning experience rather that being terminal.
What to do?
Start by setting your goals based on your deep and burning desires and then develop the plans necessary to move towards the successful completion of these goals.
Do not worry abut the setbacks that will occur along your journey. Accept that these will happen and learn from them.
Remove the word “failure” from your vocabulary. Do not allow others to influence your goals but move forward and become successful.