3 Simple Guidelines on How to Overcome Failure

3 Simple Guidelines on How to Overcome Failure

I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps

-Edison

Snippet from My Life

I have taught my daughters that we all fail from time to time; that’s what makes us human. I have expressed to them not to beat themselves up–learn to pick up where they left off and try even harder the next time.

Besides, without failure, how sweet would success be? How can success be appreciated, without knowing the opposite feeling?

A few years ago, my eldest was in grade nine and auditioned for her school play, “Annie”. After auditions, she found out that she was cast as one of the maids and was given one line. She was disheartened and wasn’t sure to continue with the school play or not. She and I talked about her concerns and I expressed that she would still have fun, would meet and make new friends and not to give up her desire to be an actress. The following school year, she auditioned again, and this time was given the lead role in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” as Cindy Lou Who. ( *Permission to share my daughter’s story.)

Had she quit, she wouldn’t have made new friends. If she gave up on her desire to act, she never would have been given the role of Cindy Lou Who. Above all else, no doubt, she would be fearful to try something new again for the fear of failing.

3 Simple Guidelines on How to Overcome Failure Failing is trying. Without trying we never have a shot at succeeding. The quicker you can deal with failure, the quicker you are ready for success. READ MORE AT: Everything's Coming Up Rosie (www.ecurosie.com)
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If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived + Video

Nothing stopped the legends in the motivational video below from marching on to great success despite their failures, so you shouldn’t too.

Imagine the music industry without the Beatles. Imagine a childhood without Walt Disney. Imagine America without Abraham Lincoln. Imagine what the world would be like without their work and their contribution.

Watch this simple but inspiring motivation video on how they (and more) picked themselves back up after great falls and grew to become the world’s most respected icons. All it takes is to keep your mind positive and focus on your goal at all times. And believe. As they say in life – you only regret the things you don’t do and anything is possible!

So take just a little over a minute to kick start your day with this lesson: if you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived

This video is a good reminder because as we live our day-to-day life, we tend to forget this very important message. We end up thinking that everyone that succeeds has had nothing but luck all their life and that they had it easy. Who can blame us too, I mean by the time we hear about someone making it, the focus is on the success, not in the long hard struggle to get there.

How to Overcome Failure

Failing is trying. Without trying we never have a shot at succeeding. The quicker you can deal with failure, the quicker you are ready for success. Each failure is a building block to success. Some people cannot deal with failure, so they never try anything. The result: nothing. Nothing can happen without action. Life is all about action, and taking risks.

Remember my post about missed opportunities?

I learned that I cannot let fear control my decisions because some opportunities you only get one chance. Life is too short to not go after what you want.

I am now open to new opportunities. I send my thoughts out to the universe and say that I am ready for what’s next.

3 Simple Steps on How to Overcome Failure

Dream it and declare it

The first step is to figure out what you want. Maybe it’s about being CEO of a corporate company. Perhaps it’s about going back to school. Maybe it’s about having your first book published. Whatever it is, declare it. Say it out loud.

Create an action plan

We can dream and have big ambitions but never get anywhere. Once we declare what we want, the second step is to create an action plan. Break down that big goal into smaller actionable steps.

How do you eat an elephant?

By eating it one bite at a time.

Go for it!

It’s fear that often stops us from taking a step forward. Read my post about the movie Coach Carter, and how so many of us have the fear of the greatness within us that we become really good at sabotaging ours paths to success

Take the plunge, go for it! What’s the worst that can happen?

You MUST NOT let anything or anyone stop you from following your dream. I guarantee even if you make the wrong turn, it will get you closer to your destination. Don’t park your life. Move forward.

If you never failed, you never lived…Are You Ready To Start Living? How do you overcome fear? Let me know in the comments below.

~ Rosie xx

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Hey, I’m Rosie! I am a strategy consultant from Alberta, Canada. I provide smart, savvy women with advice on their goals and future direction so that they can plan effective strategies for growth, whether it’s personal or business-related. I’ve been featured on Annette’s Rochelle Aben’s radio show “Perspectivepower” and ceoMom’s. When I am not blogging, you’ll find you me drinking coffee, making popcorn and hanging out with my two daughters. If I can follow my dreams, you can too!

11 thoughts on “3 Simple Guidelines on How to Overcome Failure

  1. nikkifrankhamilton says:

    Rosie, I love this. I am a creature of habit. I like a schedule. I like to know what’s coming, how to create the time to get things done, know the steps I need to take. It’s hard for me to reach out and grab something else, it will change my plan, upset the schedule, make things harder. But, I know that if I take the chance that I will move forward, whether I succeed or not. The schedule will form again, I will find my rhythm and I will get things done. But I will have the added benefit of the knowledge gained. For me I think of the quote from “We Bought a Zoo”

    “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

    Once I put on my big girl panties and make the first step, which usually only takes 20 seconds, then the path is set before me to continue. I may need to keep repeating those 20 seconds over and over again, and I may not enjoy the process, but it could be the answer to my dreams. So, take a deep breath and have courage!

  2. This is a truly awesome post <3 Staying motivated has always been hard for me, and I like what another commenter said about this post being like a warm hug 🙂

  3. Great post Rosie. I can use a play from my childhood an example, I let the disappointment of not getting a bigger role distract me from the bigger picture, it sounds like you did great advising your daughter and it paid off, you’re really wise. Thank you for linking up to #sharethejoy Lizzie xo

  4. Little bits at a time. That makes so much sense. Sometimes I try to eat the whole elephant and end up thinking it’s to hard. Thanks for the post Rosie and the video gave me goosebumps.

  5. Hi Rosie: Having a dream, making a plan and working towards it. Sounds simple doesn’t it? I think that life tends to distract us from going for it. Posts that remind us to stay motivated, that failure is a good thing are of high value. If we don’t know these steps it can motivate someone to get started, for those like me who believe in just doing it, jump in, get on it etc. the reminder is much needed to help us keep going.

    This post read like a warm hug, its okay, you can do it. I hope that makes sense to you.

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom. Leanna

    • Thanks for the comments, Leana. Sometimes, even I have to remind myself to try, try again. I’ve been told many times that I wouldn’t make it but I have always had that self believe that I can do whatever I put my mind too. You’re right, is nice to be reminded to not give up. 😊

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