4. Leverage failure, don’t fear it. Focusing on the positive is where your mindset should be; however, should you fail, you do need to deal with that reality in a constructive way. The most important aspect of leveraging failure is knowing exactly why you failed. Dissect the situation and identify all possible and real causes of the breakdown. It can also be helpful to enlist the help of a third-party, such as a friend, family member, colleague, or a consultant or life coach, who can lend objective outside perspective and provide neutral insightSometimes it’s difficult to “see the forest through the trees.” Only from a comprehensive understanding of what went wrong can you move forward with the same confidence with which you started.
The second most important part is not losing hope. Don’t let failure consume you; but rather use it as a learning tool and a resource that will help you attain your next goal.
Before you embark upon an anxiety-provoking or downright frightening journey rife with risks, measure your resolve by first asking yourself if you are willing to go through four defeats to achieve the fifth win that makes you a success? Remember: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” No guts, no glory!
Andy Thompson is an international faith leader, life coach, cultural commentator and pastor of one of America’s 50 largest congregations. As a highly regarded speaker, Thompson shares his inspirational message for realizing personal and professional success through conferences, books and through media outlets worldwide. He may be reached at www.AndyThompson.tv or via Twitter @PastorAndyWOCC.