I just had a setback as I was heading toward my goal. Something that I thought was a sure thing, that I worked toward for over 18 months, fell apart in what seemed like a nanosecond. And it was great!
No, I’m not crazy – it really was a good thing. Things that don’t work give me my very best feedback. Failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually very important for getting me closer to success. I really believe that we all need to fail often and quickly to get to our goals faster! That’s the biggest difference in my mind between FAILURE and FAILING.
Failure is a teaching moment, really. Failing is when you give up and admit defeat instead of learning from the challenge or setback that you’ve hit. In some circles, failure is actually cool now. “Fail fast” is even a buzz phrase in the tech world. In today’s business climate, when you fail, it means you’ve been willing to try, to at least take a leap. And it means you’ve learned.
Ideas that don’t work give us some of our most important feedback. I reframe failures before they even happen – I always imagine the worst-case scenario before I make any decision, but from an optimist’s perspective. I’ll think to myself: “If all I get out of this is x, then it will be worth it.”
And then I can immediately see the value in any failure so it becomes not a failure but a learning experience and an opportunity for growth – and it ends up on my gratitude list. Yes, I do truly give thanks every day for what many people would consider failures. So successes are successes to me AND failures are successes to me. That is why I have no fear of either. I consider both of them good things. There is nothing to lose. There is no way to fail. This is my #1 tip to stop procrastinating and to take actions that feel like risks. There is NO WAY you cannot succeed.
So take risks, go for big goals, and just leap! You’ll always succeed if you are willing to try.