In Part 2 of this series, the post was on successful people accepting failure as part of the success formula. They understand the risk of taking uncomfortable action, and are willing to bear that risk, eventually, scoring big in their life.
But that’s not it!
Acceptance of failure is definitely not enough. Highly successful people has the ability to bounce back from a failure. They will pick themselves up after every fall.
If you are running, you will fall. If you are not falling, it means you have not even start. Because those who run know that there is a chance of falling. It’s the ability to pick themselves up from the fall that will keep them going.
It’s not true for most. Many will never pick themselves up again after a fall. Failure can be a devastating disaster to them, and they never recover from it.
Life will throw you curve balls all the time. Sometimes you catch it, sometimes you don’t. If you can’t catch it, you can learn from it and become better. Unfortunately, majority of the people give up and never learn anything from the failure. They lack the ability to bounce back.
Highly successful people will shout when they see a curve ball,” WOW, that’s wicked. How can I catch it next time?”
I call this Resilient Spirit, or some call it never say die attitude.
After accepting that failure is part of the success process, start building your resilient spirit to cushion your fall.
In case you are mistaken, I’m not implying of manifesting failure. Build your resilient spirit to break your fall can save you time. The external damage may be devastating, but when your resilient spirit is strong, your internal damage is controlled.
Having your internal damage reduced, you can bounce back very quickly to go again. Can you imagine the level of resilient spirit in Thomas Edison to have him bounced back again and again quickly?
What need to shift to strengthen your resilient spirit?
Every devastating failure comes with a celebratory lesson. ~ Joe Lee
All along the above quote is my guiding principle. I did not know it till recently when I am writing this post and preparing to write my book. Failure does not stop me in the past, I know I can learn a valuable lesson from every failure. Whenever something didn’t work, I used to shout, “Next!”
Instead of reminding yourself that failure is bad, shift your mind. Failure provides you wisdom and experience. The more experience you chalk up, the more wise you are. I love the song by Kelly Clarkson, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.
Besides shifting your mind, take on an action to anchor it down. Celebrate the next time you fail. I receive a call from a prospect while I’m writing this post. His organization is not going ahead with our proposal. I lost a deal. I would have felt terrible, whine about it, but I didn’t. I posted this on Facebook, “A deal didn’t go through! But I’m not affected at all! Celebrate!”
Not only do you celebrate success. Celebrate failure too. That is one step towards success.
So, yes! Go celebrate!
Read Part 4: The untold truth about highly successful people.