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Successful People Know How To Overcome Failure

Updated on February 18, 2016

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Successful people know how to overcome failure

Successful People Know How to Overcome Failure

A critical success factor in life is the ability to deal with failure. It was Paul J Meyer, founder of Success Motivation who said, “Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.” All those who decide to be successful must develop strategies to overcome it and then keep on moving forward; or else failure will lead to discouragement which will lead to defeat, you’ll just curl up and die!

Fear of Criticism

It’s amazing how some people worry about criticism, the concern about what others may say about you when you move away from the status quo. When you want to try something new or different and those close to you try to talk you out of doing it. And then when you do achieve your goal they say “We knew you could do it.”

Fear of failure

FEAR … such a negative word. How do you feel if someone tells you that you are a failure? Not very nice, is it? The best antidote for fear is to just start doing the thing you have decided on. For example, most people have a fear of speaking in public, yet when you listen to any professional speaker, singer, or musician you need to consider that they started their career only after they overcame the fear, the day they decided that their success was more desirable than living in fear. Anthony Robbins tells us everything we do is for one of two reasons, to avoid pain or to gain pleasure.

Learn from and review your failures

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker, failure is delay, not defeat. It as a temporary detour, not a dead end street. When you are able to view failure in this way, it releases you to take the next and important step in overcoming failure. Unsuccessful people try once and if they don’t succeed they give up. They turn their attention to something else, they live by the motto “If at first you don’t succeed destroy all evidence that you ever tried and failed.” The successful people, on the other hand, try once and if they don’t come right, they review their failure so as to learn and then they try the same thing again, learning all the time, not from the mistakes but from the lessons taught. They persevere until they get it right!

Avoid repeating the same mistakes

Part of the process of overcoming failure involves readjusting your efforts in order to succeed. One cannot overcome failure by repeating the wrong actions over and over again but unfortunately that’s exactly what some folks do. It was Jim Rohn who said “The mark of insanity is to keep on doing what you have always been doing and expecting that things will change, for things to change you have to change, for things to work you have to work.” We live in a world of cause and effect. Most people when they attempt something and it doesn’t work try to sort out the effect when is much wiser to go back to the cause and to correct or alter the action that produced the unsuccessful result or effect.

Face up to your weaknesses

Learning from your failures is probably the most difficult part, when we have to accept that we have a weakness or two in our make-up, having to admit that sometimes we do make mistakes. Once you recognise a personal weakness you can begin using self-discipline to correct it, for some the problem may be physical, for others psychological, something private that we have to overcome. Maybe a habit like procrastination, a fear of success, a lack of self-confidence. These “Monsters” have to be defeated, and the best way is to be proactive, know what you want and take one thing at a time until you overcome the weaknesses and become a success.

You always pass Failure on the way to Success Mickey Rooney

To your ongoing success

Martin E Louw


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