Moving Past Failure

Moving Past Failure

Whether it’s a failed attempt at doing something new, a knock back in a promotion or even something that hasn’t worked out in your life we all know that sinking empty feeling that follows failure?

It feels terrible, doesn’t it?

Failure can be followed by all kinds of negative emotions, but sooner or later, it has to be let go. When the feelings of failure have passed, you will be left with space. A space just big enough for a small ember of hope; space ready to be filled with the fire of renewed purpose.

Failure is not fun. But it isn’t permanent either. You owe it to yourself to bounce back. Let’s look at a couple of ways you can move past a letdown.

Don’t blame

A sure-fire way to prolong the torture is to avoid looking it in the eye.

Trying to pass blame or shirk responsibility compounds the problem being faced. If failure isn’t bad enough, denying fault also rejects the notion that there is nothing that can be done differently next time.

Measure failure realistically

Mistakes need to be faced, but remember every hiccup is not a calamity. Damage control should be delivered in proportion to the failure, and some smaller mistakes don’t always require a break in stride. Mistakes are part of the process, but also opportunities for learning and improvement. Before letting a failure get on top of you, consider, ‘Will it matter in one year?’

Don’t be deterred

Take what you can get from a bad situation, pick up, and carry on.

Continue to follow your instincts, and have confidence in your own powers of observation. Communicate your needs and ideas clearly, and always be looking to negotiate a positive result. Your team will witness these abilities and follow your lead to positive outcomes.

Neither ignoring or overreacting to failure will lessen the chances of mistakes reoccurring. However, it is important to remember that failure is a natural byproduct of experimentation, and a valuable step on the road to success.

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.


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