“Failure” – The New Motivation

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said it best when he explained the word “FAIL” is nothing more than an acronym for First Attempt In Learning. We have become accustomed to beating ourselves up for not succeeding right out the gate. Anything worth achieving is worth the hard work. Once our mindsets can see “failed” attempts as nothing more than a temporary obstacle toward the path of triumph, dwelling on what should have been done differently will be a behavior of the past.

Behaviors That Make Failure A Strength

Learn Failure is not the Opposite of Success – The concept that the antonym of success is failure has been instilled since birth. Actively changing that definition will promote a different mindset and outlook on the way situations work out. Results that are not ideal are just an opportunity to examine a different path. Take situations that do not come out as expected as a glowing arrow toward a different direction.

Adapting – We have the instinctual skill to adapt to new and challenging situations with time. The steps it takes to get to that level are often seen as mistakes that we are all guilty of dwelling on but let’s consider looking at them from a different angle. You graduate from school with all the theoretical skills to perform a role at your new job. You sit down to get to work and a feature you have studied but have yet to put into practice is not working the way you hoped. Frustration and the fear of not performing sets in making you lose focus. In this moment you can let your emotions consume you or you can take a deep breath and look for the answer. My go to steps include consulting Google, play around with the feature (there’s always an undo button somewhere) or reach out to a coworker who is a pro. Taking path # 2 is your first step into adapting from student to expert. The whole process, before you know it, becomes second nature and you wake up to realize you have been with the company for a year.

All things worth having take effort, in many cases pain, and the openness to learn. You owe it to yourself to push on after the 1st, 10th, and 100th attempt.

Today I am grateful for multiple chances, new opportunities, and energy boosting smoothies. What are you grateful for today?

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