Achieving business success: Why failing doesn’t make you a failure
A big part of becoming a successful entrepreneur is having the right mind set. If you don’t believe in yourself or are too afraid of failing, it will have a detrimental effect on your progress. Here we aim to explain why failing doesn’t make you a failure and provide tips on how to achieve a positive mind set that will help you succeed.
Whether you succeed or fail will largely depend on whether you can accept that failure is not the end of the world.
Thinking failure isn’t an option will end up holding you back
How many times have you told yourself ‘failure is not an option’? Rather than putting yourself under pressure to succeed, how about you accept the fact that failure is an option? Often you can do everything within your power to make your business venture a success, only to find something completely out of your control causes it to fail.
The problem with thinking that failure isn’t an option is that it doesn’t prepare you for when something inevitably goes wrong. By considering failure as something that could potentially happen, you will be able to come up with solid contingency plans that help you to get things back on track.
Don’t tell yourself failure isn’t an option. Tell yourself that you will not be a failure.
Learn from past failings
People have a tendency to dwell on things when they don’t go exactly to plan. We bet you’ve heard someone (or even yourself) say ‘all that money’s just gone down the drain’ after an investment hasn’t generated the desired return?
The problem with dwelling on ‘failed’ investments is that you’ll struggle to move forward. However by dealing with the outcome by learning from it, even if it isn’t what you’d hope for, you will be able to carry yourself and your business onto the next challenge.
Past mistakes and shortcomings are experiences you can learn from and turn into positives that drive your business forward.
If you learn from past failings, you’ll never be a failure.
Find a positive solution
When faced with failure, most people end up putting themselves under extreme pressure and forcing themselves into corners that they don’t want to be in. This is completely unnecessary and will not result in a positive solution.
By taking the time to consider the action you want to take, rather than what you have to take, in order to get your business back on track, you stand a far better chance of it working.
The solution you choose has got to be one you are happy with or no positives will come from it.
Remember you’ll never fail by investing in yourself
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that an investment you make in yourself will never fail. Even if you have to start over a number of times, you’ll never be starting with nothing, as you will always have your knowledge, experience and skills, which no one can take away from you.
Even if you completely change your business model and find your skills are no longer relevant, you will still have the ability to learn new skills as an advantage. Your knowledge, abilities and previous experiences are extremely valuable assets that are completely unique to you.
The only time these assets won’t be of use to you is if you fail to recognise that you own them. If you can’t get into a positive mind set and see your value, then you won’t be able to use your knowledge, abilities and previous experiences to help you move forward.
Knowing that failure isn’t the end of the world is the first step towards a brighter future. Build your business knowing that you can cope with failings and you’ll never have to worry about becoming a failure.