Monday Motivation: Reframing failure

Failure is one of those subjects most people really don’t like to talk about. It’s painful. It’s salt in the wound. We’d much rather forget about the incident, than face it head on.

So why is my Monday morning motivational post focusing on the subject that no one wants to talk about? It’s to help you reframe your thoughts on failure and how dealing with it can actually help you succeed. Before we move on, let’s take a look at a few people that failed or were labeled as “failures” by others.

If you’ve ever seen Disney World, or visited it, would you EVER say Walt Disney lacked creativity? Given the opportunity to pick your own basketball team, would you EVER pass up Michael Jordan? I think both answers are firm “no’s”.

How did these people turn things around? Here’s a few rules I’m sure they followed:

1. They understood that THEY were NOT a failure. Failure isn’t a person, it’s an event. If you’ve ever been labeled a failure by someone else, it hurts. But shrug it off, and move on. It will happen in time. Stick with it.

2. They viewed failure as a lesson, not a mistake. Everyone learns lessons. That’s how we grow and become better.

3. Realize that if you have learned from a mistake, that you haven’t really failed.

4. Improve and try to not repeat the same mistakes.

If you’re looking for a great book to read on dealing with mistakes and failures positively, pick up Dr. John Maxwell’s book, Failing Forward. It’s a great resource for picking up and moving forward.

Make today a great Monday!


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