A New Way to Think About 2018 - Fail Fast to Get Better Faster
Some people are getting to where they are going much faster than others. You see this in your job, in your business, and even in your personal life. There are people out here that seem to be on the fast track, no matter what goals they set themselves. Would you like to know the secret to their success?
It's failing and failing fast.
Yes, you heard me right. The secret to getting what you want out of life in the fastest way possible means you have to fail. Not only do you have to fail, but you have to do it often and quickly. It's the fastest way to learn what you need to know to get things right.
Stop Avoiding Mistakes
If your small organization is growing fast and you find that you're being asked to help out in other areas that are not in your job description, don't let the fear of failure or negative attitude stop you. Try something new! In fact, reframe this thinking by saying, "I'm learning new skills" OR "I have variety now!" And if you make mistakes, consider it a good thing.
We learn best by making mistakes.
Having something not work out doesn't mean you're a failure. It simply means you found something that doesn't work.
Live by this quote:
"There's no failure only feedback"
Learn From Each Failure
There's always something to be learned when things don't work out the way you expected them to. The trick is to look closely enough and with an open mind. It's easy to get stuck in our ways and expect things to work a certain way.
When I first got into the speaking industry, I thought that filling the whole hour with content and tools would be the way to go and I'd get re-hired. Wow, was I wrong. The audience hated it and I felt like a failure. I hired a coach and later participated in an 8-week online group coaching course with a seasoned speaker, and realized that the audience doesn't want content and tools throughout the whole hour. Audiences now want a good storyteller (each story has to have a lesson built in) and they want to learn two to three tools in real-time while interacting with their fellow colleagues.
Take the time to learn from your mistakes and failures. Don't just move on and try something else. Look at what went wrong and learn from it what you can. Then, and only then, are you ready to try again. Which brings me to my last point.
Never Give Up
The only way you'll truly fail is when you give up. When you're trying to get faster and better, when you're working hard to reach your goals in life, giving up simply isn't an option.
There are many times I've felt like giving up, especially last year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, I realized my message on resilience got better because of the adversity I went through. Its ironic that our darkest moments become an inspiration for others.
You can't let yourself get beat. Instead, you try again and again, learning from each failure and getting better at what you do along the way.
I'll leave you with a quote by Thomas Edison: