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5 keys to overcoming failure

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Everyone hates to fail but what most people don’t realize is that failing is part of success. All successful individuals have faced failure numerous times, but what sets them apart is their ability to overcome it.

In this blog post, we will explore five fundamental keys to help you embrace failure as a stepping stone towards success.

1. Learn From Your Mistakes and Failures

How did you learn to ride a bike? The short answer: you fell off 100 times. Every time you make a mistake or fail, learn as much as you can from it so that you are better prepared next time.

Action Step: Write down the top five things that you learned from your last mistake or failure.

2. Don’t Dwell on It

Now that you have learned something from your mistake, move on. Don’t dwell on your past. You can’t tell where you are going if you are looking backwards. Also, dwelling on your past failures will keep you in prison right where you are.

Action Step: Read what you have written down in Key 1 (The 5 Things You Learned).

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Try Again

Don’t let the fear from your last failure stop you from reaching your greatness, goal, dream, or potential. Just like learning to ride that bike, you didn’t fall once or twice and then give up.

Action Step: Take what you have learned and try it again now that you are better prepared.

4. Surround Yourself with Positive People

No matter what it is that you are trying to achieve, surround yourself with successful people that have done what you want to do. One of the best ways to overcome failure is to learn how other people just like you overcame failure. This will not only encourage you but give you proof that it can be done.

Action Step: Find a person or a group of people who are successful and get around them as soon as possible.

5. Realizing Failure is Part of the Learning Curve

Failure and mistakes aren’t fun but they are what help us learn to be great at whatever it is we are trying to achieve. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Action Step: Think back to a time where you succeeded. Then think how many times you failed or made mistakes to get to that success.

Overcoming failure is an integral part of the journey towards success. By learning from mistakes, not dwelling on the past, trying again, surrounding yourself with positive influences, and embracing failure as part of the learning process, you empower yourself to achieve greatness.

So, go out there and seize your potential! Remember, you have a seed of greatness within you. Let nothing and no one hold you back from reaching your full potential in life.

Wishing you continued success on your remarkable journey!

Larry L. Gilmore, CMB, AMP

ClearBlu Group

President & CEO

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