Why Is Failure The Doorway To Success?

    The beginning of February is commonly a time when some of our New Year’s Resolutions begin to fall by the wayside. Life happens. Things come up. We get distracted. Other things seem more important in the moment.

    No matter how good your intentions were, you’re going to run into unexpected challenges and things are going to turn out differently than you envisioned. There are going to be unintended consequences to your actions. At least occasionally, you’re going to lose focus.

    Life is unpredictable. An infinite number of factors play into what happens. No matter how good a planner you are, no matter how great your insight, Life is going to present you with continuous opportunities to learn, refine, and grow. Because of that, it’s important to regularly review what you are doing so you can adapt and improve your approach.

    Here’s a key: See failure as an opportunity to gain wisdom. Rather than bemoaning your fate or beating yourself up, insert a mental stop, accept where you are and what you’ve done, and see what there is to learn. Then, when you try again, you can use the insight and perspective that you’ve gained from your experiences.

    However, you’ll only gain that insight and perspective if you are willing to look directly at what you’ve been doing and how it’s been working out. If you avoid self-inquiry because you’re afraid of what you’ll find out, you miss out on that opportunity. When you’re willing to be “real” about your results, you can learn what works and what doesn’t so you can move forward smartly.

    In tomorrow’s post, we’ll talk about a technique to help you see what’s working and what’s a waste of your time and energy.

    Talk to you soon,

    Kevin Schoeninger

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