Geoffrey James (my favourite pundit on selling) features ‘Turn Failure into Success: 10 Ways’, but they really are ten affirmations to tell yourself in the embrace of failure taken from a conversation with Art Mortell, author of the book James highly recommends, The Courage to Fail…
- Failure renews my humility, sharpens my objectivity, and makes me more resilient.
- I take the challenge seriously, but I do not take myself too seriously.
- If the more I fail, the more I succeed, then failure is a part of the process of achieving my objectives.
- Failure is temporary when I use it as an opportunity to try new ideas.
- I learn more from failure than success.
- Negative feedback is information that helps me correct my course so that I stay on target.
- I am paid for the number of times I fail.
- My self-esteem is not based on the reactions of others, but by my own sense of virtue.
- The unkindness of others reminds me that I need to be kind to myself.
- It takes courage to fail–because nobody ever got ahead without taking risks.
I often get asked for specific suggestions of ‘how to embrace failure’. What can one do to help change the mind-set? When I read these ’10 Ways’, they really struck me as mantras one could repeat o a periodic basis to focus the mind and the spirit on turning adversity to advantage.