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5 Steps To Turning Failure Into Business Success

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When you start a business you aren’t guaranteed success. But you can be sure that failure will happen, usually sooner rather than later. A lot of people give up at the first failure, some make it through two or three. They don’t believe this simple fact: failure is the catapult which will launch them to their greatest success.

Any experienced entrepreneur will happily let you know that without failure you will never have real success. So it’s time to not just embrace failure, but make it your friend.

Here are 5 steps to turn your big failures into even bigger successes:

1. Take time to grieve

Perhaps you just lost an important client. Maybe you invested months or years into an idea, only to discover that the market just didn’t see your vision. Possibly a business partner left you hanging.

No matter the cause when you have a failure it is an emotional event. Take a little time to let it go. This is a loss and grief is natural. So give yourself a day or even several to get over the fact that things won’t work out as you planned. Once you’ve grieved you are psychologically ready to take steps in another direction. Not grieving may leave you with emotional baggage that will hold you back later.

 

2. Do a post mortem

After grieving take time to discover exactly what went wrong. Perhaps there was a miscommunication with the client. It could be there wasn’t sufficient market research. Even a lack of a proper contract can sour a potentially lucrative deal.

The post mortem shows you why things fell apart. Missing this step is a huge error. Here experience is converted to wisdom. Remember, if you don’t learn from the failure then you’ll likely repeat it.

“When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” – Mary Kay Ash 

3. Move ahead quickly

After grieving and the post mortem, it’s very important to get back into the game. Meet with a mastermind group and hammer out a better plan. Brainstorm new product ideas or ways to grow your customer base. Don’t wait.

Just as grief is necessary to let go of the failure, moving ahead quickly will give you the confidence that you can still have the success you deserve. Mindset is the key. Action precedes emotion. Take action to get yourself in the right place mentally.

 

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4. Adjust on the fly

Many entrepreneurs fail because they either didn’t have a plan or they rigidly clung to a plan that was clearly not working. It’s a lot easier to adjust course while in motion rather than starting from scratch.

Once things are ramping back up take time to talk to customers, partners and mentors. Find out from them how it looks from their perspective. Make adjustments based on clear and logical feedback. Discovering and correcting small errors now will steer you more clearly toward your destination of success.

 

5. Fear not and fail more

Failure tends to make us more risk averse. Fear creeps in and tries to convince us to play small. Don’t let that happen. Once you know what caused the failure in the past then you can avoid it and move forward.

Other failures may yet be in the future, but each one will teach you more about your business, more about relationships and more about yourself. Take risks and accept failure as a welcome companion on the path to success.

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

Most new businesses fail because the business owner simply quits trying. It is the rare person who will push through, repeatedly stepping up to the line to start again. Your success depends on many factors, but perhaps the most important is your ability to learn from and build on failure.

You will have failures. They are unavoidable. But if you grieve briefly, do a post mortem, move ahead quickly, adjust on the fly and keep hustling despite fear then success will be inevitable. Don’t hold back, go all in and when failure comes just smile a bit. Failure without quitting is the greatest sign of your success to come.

Which one of these is your biggest setback and why? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

I help people develop amazing relationships and love what they do every day. I'm a writer, speaker and coach and you can read my articles on great sites such as the Huffington Post, Addicted2Success, the Good Men Project and Lifehack. Happiness in life and passion in your work are my goals. Meet me at TroyStoneking.com and Troy Stoneking on Facebook.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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