Becoming a success or reaching a certain level of achievement can mean many different things for different people. One thing is always certain when it comes to success, however, is the fact that you’ll always experience some sort of “failures” or setbacks on your road to the top. While most of us shy away from failure due to fear, failure is generally one of the main indicators that you will be successful. In order to fail at something, you have to at least try it first, if you don’t try anything new at all then you’ll never be successful because you aren’t putting any effort into your goals. Keep reading to find out 6 unique ways that will teach you how to use failure as motivation for your success.
Understand When Fear Is Masking Itself as Procrastination
Sometimes, a fear of, both, failure and flying can keep us in a productivity purgatory. Avoiding decisions and actions that will move us forward can be as simple as having a raging battle in our minds grounded insecurities, negative thoughts and a lack of belief in our capabilities. Don’t make the mistake of getting stuck in a rut and blaming it on laziness or lack of motivation. A lot of times the absence of self-confidence and courage is the culprit. Dig deep, analyze the concepts and tasks that give you anxiety and begin to piece together a process towards progression.
Do Not Let “Fear of Failing” Control Your Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is a foundation rather than a brick. When faced with important decisions, large or small, it is important to analyze things from as many sides as it will take for you to be confident in a decision. Fear is the number one cause most people to avoid making a really big decision about their life. By not thinking through challenges, it is easier to get stuck hesitating to make a decision or by not making one at all. Letting fear control your decision making can also lead to many lost opportunities. Learn to be as decisive as you can in every situation, by considering the following concepts to gain clarity and lock in direction and actions in your life. When you take your emotions, especially fears, out of the decision-making process and truly analyze things from all angles, you set yourself up for faster, more confident, and more productive decision making.
Build Relationships With Advisors Who See Your Blind Spots
We all would love to think that we possess no weaknesses however the truth is that we all have vulnerabilities. Similar to having a coach while you’re training for a large sporting event, making sure to constantly surrounding yourself with people who are not afraid to speak their minds in a humble way can really help motivate you to always push forward. As we often make decisions based on our own individual and isolated experiences, constructive criticism can open your mind to concepts outside of your world view that eventually reveal themselves to be necessary pillars of your success.
Learn to Gauge Potential Risk-of-failure In Every Situation
Every decision that we make in our lives involves a certain level of risk, we simply can’t avoid it. Learn how to gain insight into pending decisions by understanding what can go right and/or wrong in any given situation by testing the outcome of your decisions using smaller decisions first. You can then use your experience to make much larger decisions that do not carry the same risk-of-failure.
Always Weigh Worst and Best Case Possibilities of A Decision Before Making It
Failure from experience can help teach you warning signs of potential issues in decision-making over a period of time. By embracing your failures and using them as learning experiences, you’ll be able to make more sound and logical decisions with less risk of failure in the future. List as many cause and effects of both sides of a decision. Analyzing things by logic can help you predict the different effects your choices will have on individuals and systems. Consider all potential solutions, even ones you wouldn’t normally give thought to. It is also important to consider historical events, possible stressors and the assumptions or agendas from other individuals involved.
Use Emotions AND Logic To Make Decisions
Often times, we let our emotions get the best of us when making a critical or important decision. While emotions can be good indicators of variables to watch out for when making a decision, they can interfere with your ability to process all of the logical outcomes of a situation. Unbiased and unemotional facts are essential to the decision-making process. When making decisions, gather the unbiased data that surround the decision you need to make. Using important facts that live beyond your own world view can simplify getting to a conclusion.