There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure – Colin Powell
Failure is one of the biggest dream builders and crushers in the world. Whether it builds you or crushes you, depends on how you perceive it. Avoiding it is impossible and every single human being will experience some sort of failure in their lives.
The same applies to the majority of things we learn till we become adults. This child-like perseverance and positivity we have regarding failure should transition to adulthood, sadly it seldom does. We tend to view failure negatively and need to recondition our minds to see that failures are what shape us and help us grow.
Looking at all we’ve achieved till adulthood should be an indication that failure is truly beneficial to our lives. Failure can indeed have serious negative effects, but that is when we allow it to.
Here are the 5 reasons why you should take on failure as it comes
1. Overcoming your fears
Fear is known to prevent a lot of people from doing things that they want to do. However, a change in how we view perceived failure could change the result and how we essentially benefit from the attempt.
A good place to start is by acknowledging that failure is not a permanent state and can always be overcome. The more often you do something, the less fear you will eventually have regarding that thing. The more you fail, the less fearful you will be of failing and as time goes by, you will reach a point where the fear of failure no longer prevents you from taking action.
You will eventually realise that you don’t fear failure itself, but rather how people will perceive your failure. It is at this point that being able to detach yourself from this fear plays a major role in your ability to move past your failures, and find success. Once you continually practice this art of just doing instead of worrying, then you will overcome more of your fears.
2. Learning to grow
Failure is a great teacher. Learning is often considered as something one-off, which is oftentimes totally impossible. Learning is supposed to be a process of trial and error before one can say they have learned something. Now surely, some things will be harder to learn than others, but the principle remains the same, learning is figuring out what works and what does not work for a particular goal or issue.
Failure, more often than not, teaches us something invaluable that we never could have known, had we not experienced a particular failure. This translates to “we fail our way to success.”
Here’s how this works. You learn something new every time you try something and fail. You then apply the knowledge you gain after each failure to progress to a new level. You then repeat the process till you reach your goal. Simply put, success is a series of – Act, Fail, Learn, Success, and so on.
3. Building persistence
Many people the world over tend to take persistence for granted. They tend to think that overcoming your fear and learning are the only steps needed for success. What they forget is that we live in a world that believes that “the truth is in the pudding.” This means that you always have to be ready to prove your claims, show why you’re worthy or the validity of your work.
Being constantly questioned and the necessity to prove yourself requires individuals with thick skins to survive. The uncertainty and doubt can at times get you down and needs you to constantly be ready to show why your work or effort is worthy, even if it fails or is incomplete. This is where persistence comes in.
After each failure, you build up persistence by forcing yourself to keep on moving forward. It’s this persistence that will make your fearlessness and determination to learn, result in success – always. Action and persistence turn failure into success.
4. Failure inspires a creative solution
Without failure, there is no success. Learn to accept failure. Success is a result of many failures. This series of acting and failing is also beneficial because you can learn multiple things in various ways. You can learn skill sets, which you did not plan to learn, by failing to do a particular task. For example, you could fail multiple times before you become the best presenter in your office. In the process of failing, you could have unintentionally mastered the art of persuading people and reading body language, which has allowed you to communicate your presentations effectively.
5. Finding the right direction
Failure is not permanent. Without failure, there is no success and clarification. It is inevitable, but this is just a way of showing us another and possibly the right direction. Positively viewing failure will not only make you a happier person, but it will also allow you to try more, fail more, and ultimately achieve more. It’s a sign of courage that will allow you to act more and get more done, as opposed to just stuck in a world of inaction and fear.
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