Today’s morning coffee has us reflecting on things. Reflecting, yes, but reflecting and using that as drive and motivation to do more and always going forward. This month we hone in on Failure and Success. A topic that fills us with joy (success) and can cause us to be our biggest critic and often too hard on ourselves (failure).
It’s a conversation we can go on and on about. But probably one of the most important conversations to learn from in order to grow as a business. Look down and look back, but only to move forward. It’s always easier to talk about the good than the bad. But even with success it’s important to look at that and see how we can make things even better. Being in a position to look down and see everything from a clear perspective and learn from each step is an important part of the journey.
“Fail” is a hard word to think and even more so to say out loud. If you don’t want to say it, that’s fine, but do accept it and learn from it. Because as a business owner and creative it will happen not once, but many times. Build that outer layer of ‘thick skin’ but allowing your emotions to still feel. Failure does not need to be seen as a negative word.
Look at What Went Wrong
Ask yourself important questions, reflect on things that did not go your way or could have possibly gone better. Some potential questions may be:
- Did you meet your goals in that particular project within your company?
- Did you even set goals?
- Did you have a plan?
- How was the marketing in your plan?
- Did you need more support?
- Did you execute that plan from start to finish in the way you wanted to?
- What could you do better?
These are just a few of the questions that you may need to ask yourself when something doesn’t go to the way you had envisioned it. Take some time to analyze these things, write them down, ask others what they thought throughout the process – learn from them. Whatever you do, do not beat yourself up for it. Keep truckin’ forward. As long as you put 200% in and keep trying your best, that is all you can do. Patience is key.
“Success” is as evolving as failure. When it comes to success, there is oh so much to keep in mind, but this morning we will cover a few key points:
- Stay humble.
- Continue to learn and most certainly continue to allow yourself to grow.
- Keep that cycle of positivity going for others.
- Most successful business owners have failed at one time
People will notice you for your ability to remain humble, positive, and continually growing. People will notice that authenticity through your business. Use your wins and pass them on to others. What you just learned (failure or success) someone else can gain.
The wisdom you have gained is invaluable, so treasure it for what it is, not for what it appears to be. One day your biggest failure may just evolve into your biggest success.