How Do You View Failure?
When you hear the word ‘failure’ what does it mean to you? What does it mean to fail? Is it a negative concept or a positive one? Can it be both negative and positive? Yes, failure can be both negative and positive! However, you need to re-evaluate your thoughts toward failing to determine if you tend to lean more on the negative side or the positive side.
One of my all-time favorite books is Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell. I discovered this book at a critical point in my life and it was a game changer for me. John C Maxwell challenges your concept of failure. Maxwell states that “the difference between average people and achieving people are their perception of and response to failing”. Think about that for a minute; “our perception of and response to failure”. What does that look like for you? It has a lot to do with your mindset. Most people do not prepare to fail. Yes…you have to prepare to fail, why…because failure is a part of the process. You are going to fail. You are not always going to succeed at everything You attempt, so why wouldn’t you plan for the failure. It is also called preparation. When you set a goal, you must factor in failures along the way. Why? How often have you set a goal, or made a plan, and it went exactly how you intended? Not often, right? Things happen, roadblocks appear, detours are placed in your path. It does not mean that you will not reach your goal, it just means you need to plan alternative routes in the event of a potential setback. When you set goals and make plans there are almost always obstacles and challenges that you did not foresee. How effective do you think it would be to factor in failure points along the way? These are your ‘what if’ points. When you plan failure points you are prepared and you are not thrown off course when the roadblock or challenge appears in your path. You are however equipping yourself to meet that challenge and to keep moving without losing any momentum.
How you view failure and change is critical to how you conduct yourself in your personal and professional life. Learning how to use failure and change as a positive power tool will propel you to the next level both personally and professional. Discovering You: Failure & Change is the second book in the Discovering You Series. The book covers How You Deal with Failure; Failure ≤ Success; Failure in Business; Failure in Relationships; How You Deal with Change; Change - Is It In Your Mind; Workplace Change; and Changing Your Belief System.
About the Author
Serwa Kenyetta, is the “Mindset Strategist”, an Author, Personal Life Coach, National Speaker, Trainer and the founder of Esteem NOW. Esteem NOW is a movement, dedicated to assisting women with unlocking their true potential and successfully achieving their personal and professional goals. From the Esteem NOW platform Serwa has spoken nationally, sharing the stage with renowned International Speakers such as Bob Yates and Annetta Wilson.
As a Certified Continuous Improvement Manager (CCIM), Serwa assists small businesses with maximizing their efficiencies by developing their human capital, implementing effective processes and procedures, and effectively managing their finances. As a trainer for over twenty-four years, Serwa earned her Corporate Training Certification (CTC) and utilizes her wealth of knowledge and experience to successfully transfer knowledge to trainees enabling them to achieve long term results.
Serwa Kenyetta has authored many books, workbooks, and eBooks. Her latest CD product is an interview with International Speaker Annetta Wilson, where she shares “7 Steps to Avoid Crashing and Burning in Phase II of Your Life. Serwa is committed to providing guidance and inspiration to her clients, assisting them with realigning their mindset, as well as providing effective tools to face and overcome obstacles along the way.