Positive Ways to React to Failure

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No one is perfect. Every person walking on this planet has failed at least once in their life. What really matters is how you react to failure, because this is what will affect you.

There is nothing wrong with failing, especially if it will improve your chances the next time around. Failure means that you didn’t get the results you were expecting, but it doesn’t mean that you’re bad at achieving your dream. If you want to succeed, you need to be ready for the ride because it definitely won’t be a walk in the park. Rather than crying and pitying yourself, you should train yourself on how to react positively and how to take each failure as a stepping-stone for achieving your dream.

Don’t Give Up

One of the most common reactions to failure is the desire to give up. Let’s face it, giving up is easier than continuing. Those who fail often excuses or blame certain situations or people. However, if you want to achieve your dream, there is no room for giving up. Break away from negative thoughts of giving up when things don’t happen as expected.

Take Thomas Edison, for example; he failed so many times before he finally invented the light bulb. Every famous and successful person you know has failed at some point. The only difference between them and you, is the fact that they kept trying. They didn’t give up.

Don’t Keep Repeating the Same Mistakes

Most people know that when it comes to achieving their dream, they must keep going and never give up. Although this is true to some extent, the problem with this is that most individuals end up exerting too much effort, without realising that they may be doing things the wrong way. If you don’t change your technique, then you will continue to keep getting the same results and in this case, you’ll just continue failing.

Change Your Strategy

So what is the best way to react to failure? Simple – try changing your strategy. If you do something and it fails, learn from your failure and try again using a different method. This will help you eliminate steps that don’t work or are unnecessary, and change them into something that might help you. Just keep re-strategising and trying something new until you reach your ultimate goal.

Get Help

If you are still having trouble achieving your dream, then it may be best to get assistance from others who have successfully accomplished the same goal as you. Ask them how they achieved their goals and what they had to do to get there. Using the same methods and techniques as that person will save you time and trouble of having to experience several trials and errors.

You can also try to improve on their techniques by incorporating the lessons you learned. If you’re still confused, get the help of a coach that will patiently listen to you, and guide you to success!

Four Killers of Consistent Action

It used to be hard to find out HOW to do something (e.g. get fit, find a job, write a book) but in this day and age, information and people who have already done it are easier to find and connect with than any time in our history.

Today, learning the steps to success is usually fairly accessible.

But what stops us from taking the necessary action, and do that consistently is the real challenge.

At ActionPodcast we know that even the best strategy and best of intentions don’t always lead to success.

We also know there are many things we humans do, that are completely within our control, which significantly reduce our chances of achieving what we want.

We call these the Four Killers of Consistent Action and most people usually have one dominant or default response to a new challenge or opportunity that slows or prevents their success.Continue reading

The Empowering Paradox of Failure

Earlier this week I spent three days with a group of 20 passionate yet overworked and nearly burned out video game developers. My task: to help them to better understand the impact of the choices they make. Specifically the ones that prevent them from performing at a sustainable high level and keep them from experiencing more consistent happiness and fulfillment.

Without exception, every time I’ve had the opportunity to guide people to greater understanding of the forces that shape their behaviour, and help them to identify new behaviours that they WANT to do, KNOW is good for them, and KNOW will serve the greater good, there is one common question that arises.

Will it really last?

It happens every time.

Change is hard. Can I really change?

Whether it’s a 25-year old video game coder or a 55-year old global business leader, the self-doubt is the same. After all, they’ve been building up years of Continue reading

When Less = More Action

If you ever find yourself overloaded or confused by the number of goals clambering for your attention, then this time of year can be critical in determining how the rest of your year will continue.

The January focus on resolutions and new goals almost comes with a sense that if we want to change anything, we’ve got this narrow window of the 1st month of the year in which to make it happen. We might decide to lose weight, clean-out our house, get the garden ready for spring and take on more responsibility at work. We pick a handful of big goals for different areas of our lives that we want to improve, and think we’ll be able to tackle them all at once…

Aside from putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves, this approach is also ineffectual!Continue reading

The Art of Failure

SPECIAL EDITION! Previously unreleased, Paul and Sam have finally decided to share one of the earliest ActionPodcast recordings on a topic close to their hearts! Nearly a year on, it remains really relevant whilst being a ‘blast from the past’ back to our humble beginnings!

Failure almost seems to be another F-word! We’re unlikely to think happy or positive thoughts when we hear it.

A fear of failure can stop us in our tracks, no matter how much we want to do something; and if we’ve already reached a point of failure it can be easy to wish the whole thing never happened. As Paul jokes, sometimes we just want to sweep it under the rug, hoping others haven’t noticed – even trying to convince ourselves that it didn’t occur.

Yet failure can be one of the best teachers if we let it and start thinking about our mistakes as a learning opportunity rather than just a point of pain. Join us in exploring the fabulous art of failure!