Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. offers a Management Development Program for our people to gain experience, provide personal and professional development, and to teach our people the skills they need to be successful. Part of the advancement process within our company is learning how to fail correctly and move forward. The people who advance within our company are able to see their so called failures in a different light that helps them learn the right things to do. So, when we came across this article from Forbes Magazine, we had to share it with our people.
“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was considered a failure from an early age. He didn’t speak until he was almost 4 years old and didn’t have fluent conversation until he was almost 12. Because of this, his teachers and family thought he wouldn’t amount to much. As most of us know, Einstein proved all of these people wrong, however it didn’t happen overnight. It took time, dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to fail – repeatedly. Those failures were what made it possible for him to achieve greatness and be remembered as he is today, a genius. Why was he able to achieve this? Because each time he failed, he used it as a lesson and moved forward.
Changing the way you view failure can help you move forward in life. It’s not always a bad thing. If you manage to learn, your failure can be the exact thing that propels you to find success.
Here are a few tips to help you start changing your mindset, today!
1. The only person you can control is yourself.
You might manage employees, but you certainly can’t control them. If you micro-manage them, you’re doing it wrong. Hire the best and most brilliant and get out of their way and let them do their job. If you’re a used to a controlling management style, this will probably be tough. But the sooner you can start letting go, the better off your people and your company will be.
Some people view failure as the ultimate loss of control. It isn’t. You can’t control the weather, the market, or a bad campaign response. But, what you can control is your reaction to it. Instead of blowing a fuse or assigning blame, you can choose to take responsibility, learn from your mistakes, and make corrections going forward.
2. The only person who can help you is yourself.
Anyone else in your life will let you down at some point. This isn’t a negative, its human nature. You will let down other people who count on you at some point too, no one is perfect. But, the only person you can count on 100 percent of the time is you. Once you realize that you’re the one in control of your own destiny, you can begin to make a significant change. It won’t be easy but it’s possible.
Start by realizing that everything is your fault, good or bad. If things go well, it’s your fault, so be happy! If things aren’t going so good, it’s your fault. Take accountability, own up to it, and if it’s necessary, make changes.
3. You’re going to need GRIT:
“G” is for guts. Guts is the secret super power that allows you to overcome adversity and steer a course over, under, around, or straight though life’s many obstacles and challenges. Having guts is about living in the moment and doing things you’re afraid of right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, or even next year. It’s about being confident in your opinion, voicing that opinion, and not being afraid to disagree with people.
“R” is for resilience. Resilience allows us to bounce back from life’s defeats. It also allows you to enjoy the journey on the path to eventual success. The journey will take insatiable drive, the compulsion to create change, and to be the change. It will teach you to genuinely care about people, to care about the community around you, and to care about the impact that you will have on the future. Don’t limit yourself to what is immediately doable. Instead ask yourself, “What is possible?”
“I” is for initiative. Initiative is the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires us to act on our biggest ideas and build a life and career for ourselves. With initiative comes the risk of failure, which is why doing so well is worth it. Either it takes you forward into a new direction, or you fail and those failures take you in a new direction.
“T” is for tenacity. Tenacity ultimately determines how hard we fight for our dreams. Tenacity can be summed up as, “improvise, overcome, adapt,” regardless of the odds. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t’ take. A tenacious person never has to say “would have,” “could have,” and “should have.” Don’t think too long about things, just go for it! To begin making real progress you need to learn where you’re most comfortable, most skilled, and most proficient. Then, move on and find the place where you feel the most uncomfortable, most uncertain, and the most unsure of yourself. That’s the first step. Get outside of your comfort zone. Because if you’re always comfortable, you’ll never grow.
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