Mistakes and Failures

Jan 02, 2024

How do you think about mistakes you've made? And have you ever thought of failing your way to success?

This is an important question because anyone who's achieved a high level of success has failed often.

As Winston Churchill said, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

In my career and life, I have made so many mistakes and experienced real failures that I could make you cry for a week telling you about all of them.

But rather than fearing mistakes and failures, I've learned to embrace them as opportunities to learn and grow.

Here are three suggestions on how to use them to your advantage:

1. Stay focused on your goals

View mistakes and failures as opportunities to learn and improve, and steps moving you closer to your goals.

As Thomas Edison explained, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

2. Take responsibility

Take ownership of your mistakes and use them to afffirm your accountability and integrity.

3. Reflect and adapt

What have you learned and how do you intend to do things differently in the future? Adapt and make positive changes moving forward. And importantly, forgive yourself!

Louise Hay said, "Be willing to stop punishing yourself for your mistakes. Love yourself for your willingness to learn and grow."

The truth is, all of my mistakes and failures have propelled me to grow and achieve higher levels of confidence, impact and success.

This week, think differently about your mistakes and failures!

Stephanie Hessler is a High Performance Coach. She helps high-achieving corporate leaders and business owners who want to rapidly advance their careers and create a vision others want to follow, but have hit a roadblock. Therefore, Stephanie guides her clients through a transformational coaching journey called the BLISS Accelerator to turn their goals and dreams into reality. Previously, she worked in the investment business, including on Wall Street, for sixteen years. She earned her MBA at The Wharton School and her BA at Wellesley College. 

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