Here's a difference! This was given to me some years ago, and I've found it invaluable. There are three reasons people will fail:
1. They don't know what they are trying to achieve
2. They don't know how to do it
3. Someone or something gets in the way.
It struck me as essentially wise because if you know what the causes of failure are, it's a whole lot easier to avoid them
1. People will fail if they don't know WHAT they are trying to achieve. Some of us need the big picture, others need to sort the detail before they can move effectively. Some need goals, others need priorities. We all need clarity and understanding of our purpose before we can move towards it, with continual reminders about focus. Or am I the only one?
2. People will fail if they don't know HOW Sometimes they won't admit they don't know how. Here's why. We are hired and rewarded for ‘knowing', aren't we? And often criticised for ‘not knowing'. Yet the enemy of learning is knowing! And each day we need to be willing to learn anew HOW to do our job in a more innovative, more creative and even more effective way than we did it yesterday.
3. People will fail if someone or something GETS IN THE WAY. Now get real. You and I both know that someone or something always gets in the way! I guarantee you we could both name at least a dozen saboteurs, provocateurs and other more nastily named culprits on whom we can blame our failures, with total ease. Clients, customers, colleagues – and most certainly the government! Even good old family and friends get a run in the blame game. The only answer is Responsibility. Claiming personal power, finding innovation and resilience, determination, courage, commitment.
This Formula For Failure has helped me to avoid it on many occasions. I hope it proves as useful to you. And just in case it doesn't – and you ever fail at anything in the future……..
Here's your insurance policy:
FAILURE is Forging An Invaluable Lesson Under Real Experience! Well, that's the CPB version. Sometimes the real gold in life comes from the hard knocks. So if you forget the formula, and fail anyway, give yourself a huge pat on the back and another diploma. Well done!