It’s fab to fail!

December 23, 2010

It’s fabulous to fail! Yes, that’s right: It’s fab to fail!

Why? The more you fail, the more likely you are to succeed!

For most people, failure is considered a (very) negative thing. As with fear, many people get paralyzed by failure. By avoiding failure, we end up limiting our success. Just to be clear: We need to focus on trying to succeed, not trying to fail!

You see, instead of handling failure poorly, we should handle it in a better way: it’s a learning opportunity! Be happy with yourself for trying…Why did you fail? What lessons can you learn from it? What can you do to make sure you avoid failure again?

For me, failure is bad, if indeed we don’t learn from it. If we don’t change anything and fail again (and again) the next time.

I sometimes look at failure as a test. “I thought I had a great strategy, but apparently it wasn’t the case.” I will get up (again), learn and tap into my creativity to unlock new approaches and better strategies. To overcome failure, something must change, so you start to analyze, examine and scrutinize. You adapt and grow!

Another common reaction to failure is this one: “If I don’t succeed perfectly the first time I try, I have failed.” Nobody will try out something new and do it perfectly the first time! Remember how long it took to learn how to ride a bike or drive a car? Right! As an ex-perfectionist, I also advise you to avoid perfection! One way of doing that is to let go of the outcome. Easier said than done, I agree. Still, there is a way: Create a better set of rules for yourself. “As long as I learn from what I am doing wrong, I am succeeding” or If I give it my best shot, regardless of the outcome, I succeed!”

If you keep in mind what happens in the movies, you will also agree that sometimes heroes are not as successful as they appear. Every hero is successful at the first try. NOT! They often fail (more than once!). What they do differently is they keep pushing forward. They learn from their mistakes and adapt. They sometimes fail spectacularly, but yet they push further and they ultimately get what they want. It can happen to you too! Only if you are willing to learn from your mistakes! So, it’s fab to fail, because you will discover new insights and you are about to have a breakthrough. You are in the process of growing and another step closer to what you want!

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison –

My final question is: Look back at your last failure. What did you learn from it? Thanks for sharing!

80% of success is…

June 11, 2008

80% of success is showing up!

Most people are too afraid to make it to the start or the meeting place or whatever you’re into. Why? Fear kills…

So, show up and you are more than halfway through!

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Only one success

June 9, 2008

There is only one success,
to be able to spend your life in your own way.

– Christopher Morley –

So, what are we waiting for? We need to focus on what it is what we want in life. What is our purpose? Once we know the What, we can start working on the How.

If you don’t know where you are going, it will be difficult to reach your destination!

So, do what I did : find your purpose and start living it!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Life Hacker

It is hard to fail…

April 24, 2008

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
– Theodore Roosevelt –

So many people are too affraid to start anything. They think too much of what could go wrong… If you continue to think things over, the harder it will get to start, because you will find more reasons not to!

You are already halfway if you just show up! So, focus on the results and remember: be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Create, Connect & Contribute