Allow Failures to Redirect Your Focus
First and foremost, let us define what failure is. According to Mr. Webster, the term “failure” is an “omission of occurrence or performance” and that it is “a failing to perform a duty or expected action”.
What is usually your perception of failure? Is it your inability to perform well or is it your non-performance? Could it be your non-generation of action?
If you can dissect the meaning of failure from the meaning that Mr. Webster gave, failure is actually not as we perceive it to be. If you are performing, per se, but just not “well”, there still is a performance done, it is just NOT “well done”.
So generally speaking, doing it, but just NOT “well done” isn’t even failure. It is your set standards that makes your not “well done” performance as a failure. So yes, if there is an actual occurrence or performance, it should never be considered as a failure. However, if you look at it grammatically, it may actually be.
What your focus should be is on your “perceived” failure. How do you define your failures? And more than that, your focus should be on how you allow failures to redirect your focus.
So how do you do that? How do you allow failures to redirect your focus? Here’s some tips.
- As Bill Cosby said, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”. It is not if you failed and how much of a failure you are, but what you can do after, to make you succeed.
- You must accept that failure is major part of success. Your failure does not define you as a failure but that failure can define your success. You learn from whatever mistakes you have done in the past. For how can you know you have succeeded if you do not know how failure feels?
Turn your failures into something positive. Make it your habit to focus on what good things came out from your failure, and focus on that. It may be that you fail to close a big deal, or failed to engage in something that was a directive. Look at these as missed opportunities and try to envision what you should have done otherwise. Again, make this a learning experience, so that next time, you know how to navigate when faced with the same situation.
No matter how compelling it is to just plunge in and bask in your woes and sorrows for being a perceived failure, you just have to look at things as a “work in progress”. Even you are a work in progress. That failure is an integral part to your success and that without it, you will not taste the sweetness of your success.
It is in dwelling more on how you can create an opportunity, for learning from past mistakes and steering your direction from sulking on your failures, to being motivated by these same failures into being more prepared, more fixated and more determined in achieving your ultimate goal — SUCCESS.
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