Failure is a great tool for learning. To fail by trying means that you gain valuable experience and insights that will help your next effort be successful. As long as you’ve done everything you can, you’ll be able to sleep at night. On the other hand, failing because you didn’t take action or only gave it a half-hearted effort will leave you without the results you desired and without the knowledge you might have gained.
In my strategy process for solopreneurs and small businesses, I have a built in review, feedback and improvement cycle that will help you analyze your results quickly so you can update your efforts and focus on what is working. This cycle means you’re less likely to fail, but if you do, you will have gained loads of useful knowledge.
When we set goals, resistance will immediately begin. It can take the form of self-doubt, not knowing what to do first, external factors and so on. If our goals are poorly defined, this resistance is harder to overcome. Solid goals give you a foundation to move forward and help you release the power that resistance has over you.
This short video (two minutes) has a conversation between Richard Branson and Seth Godin. They discuss failure and why it’s not the end of the world and can frequently lead to greater success than you’d originally planned for!
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