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If You Want to Avoid Failure Once and for All, Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

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You just invested in yourself and in your business. You are taking massive action but the results are just not clicking yet. While everyone is making 10X, 20X, and even 100X ROI on their initial investment, you have made $0 return. Failure is starting to overcast your bright shining positive attitude and you are feeling the pain and shame of it.

You could ugly cry, hide under the covers, make excuses for yourself while eating ice cream and watching reruns of Gilmore Girls or, you can fight back and conquer failure once and for all. Failure would love to creep in and hold you down but you are born to be successful. With that mindset means you have to learn how to kick failures butt.

Here are 4 questions you need to ask yourself in order to keep failure behind you:

1. Why am I failing? 

Asking why allows you to go deep into finding the problem that caused you to fail. If you just accept that you fail and are not willing to look for the solution or a way to improve, then my friend, you are a failure. Every time you fail you are able to learn something to take away and apply in your life. If you are not looking for the learning moments then you have given up and that is worse than failing. Many times you may find that it was you who caused yourself to fail all along.

2. What am I able to learn even though I am failing?

Falling in love with learning from your failures is easier said than done but probably the most overlooked at the moment when you are riding the wave of success. And even more, when you are literally trying to drag your lifeless soul from the pits of failure.

I hate failing and I bet you do too. But reframing failure as a key learning tool is a must if you are seeking to climb the mountain of massive success. Each time you fail, if you are able to extract just one new powerful experience and or lesson, you are able to grow quicker and bounce back faster. Thomas Edison failed 1000 times before creating the light blub. Imagine if he would have stopped at the 1st sight of failure?

3. How could this be worse?

I know you have heard comparison is the enemy of success. Well, in this case, it is the opposite. Now, this is a deadly game to play but I know you can handle it. Unless your failure caused you to die, then you are able to bounce back. There is no ethical business failure you can go through that you are not able to bounce back from.

Since being in the military and having a greater understanding of sacrifice, you learn that failure is going to happen but regardless, you have a mission to accomplish. After each mission, not everyone comes home. Think of a 19-year-old young man that will never see his family again or even get to experience the pain of having a business that is struggling. Your failure is a luxury when you ask this question.

4. How can I evolve to avoid this failure again next time?

You have heard insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. Well, my friend, you and I are freaking evolved insanity and all the entrepreneurs before us. We are built on your failures and remembered by our successes. So the best way to learn from your failures is to get back into the game and start building your business without making the same mistakes that caused you to fail before.

Failure is a normal part of entrepreneurship and life. The faster you start to view failure as a learning tool, the further ahead you will be than your competition. So bookmark this article and when you fail again, revisit this article and let me know how it helped you jump start back into the game and start kicking butt again.

Bertrang Ngampa is a High-Performance Coach that has helped many business owners turn into high performers and achieve levels of success they never dreamt of before. He has an amazing community on facebook geared towards helping high performers have it all in life. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/467396397350794/.

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  1. Ishan

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Really good questions for self evaluation.

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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