As you’ve no doubt heard many times before, failure is inevitable in the business world. The truly great leaders are the ones who are able to pick themselves back up and become better because of their failures. But how do you cultivate this type of resilience in yourself? Is it something you’re born with, or is it something that you can learn?
I strongly believe that it’s the latter. In my opinion, there are plenty of ways that you can learn to the kind of inner strength necessary to move past failures and become stronger as a result. Here are a few strategies that will help you to accomplish this:
- Remember all of your failures. There are many people who suggest that you have a “bad memory” when it comes to your failures, but I disagree; instead, try to remember every single moment of your failures. This is the best way to analyze where you went wrong and to learn important lessons for the future. If you choose to forget about these failures, you miss out on many important and helpful teaching moments. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” ~Colin Powell. I’m not suggesting anyone fail on purpose, but I am suggesting that those who have experienced failure, more times than not, are those who rise to great success. Mostly because they learn to manage success as if still in times of failure.
- Repetition breeds success. The most important steps on the road to success are the steps that most people don’t see. Success comes from the daily routines you put yourself through to improve yourself and hone your skills so that you can achieve greatness. For a basketball player, it’s the hours spent at the free throw line after practice. For a golfer, it’s the early hours spent at the driving range or around the practice green. For a business person it can be just about anything; leadership training, organization, etc. Having a commitment to excellence means being committed to practice and all of the steps needed to find greatness. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~Dale Carnegie
- Manage your fear. Every great leader has fears or anxieties that will act as roadblocks to his or her success. There’s a good chance that you’ll never be able to completely get over these roadblocks, but you can learn to manage them. Rather than running from your problems, face them head on and deal with them directly. Otherwise, your fears and anxieties begin to take control over you. “What you can become depends on what you can overcome” ~ Anthony Douglas Williams
- Be at peace. This is the result of the previous strategies. The more that you practice, control your fear, maintain your focus and improve your confidence, the more you will be at peace as a leader. This inner peace makes it much easier for you to be resilient in difficult situations.
If you are going to find success as a business owner, you must find it within yourself to be resilient even in the face of failure. Contact us today at Viral Solutions for more assistance with this. We are here for you as you work to make your business the best it can be.