As I close the year and move into the next, I evaluate what worked well and what I’m grateful for. I look at my successes and also my challenges. I am equally grateful for the things that didn’t go well even though most would call it failure.
I want to talk about failure because how you look at failure will greatly impact your 2018. Often when people stop doing something it is because they perceive failure as something negative. They believe that if something didn’t go well, it is because they were horrible at it… and they stop trying.
That’s truly when you’ve actually failed. Failure only occurs when you choose not to take further action and therefore stop trying. Failure is all a frame of reference. It is a perception.
It’s time to reframe failure. As we go into the new year, remember that failure is really just an opportunity to learn. It’s an opportunity to grow. It’s an opportunity to celebrate; celebrate the fact that you had the courage to take action in the first place, celebrate the fact that you have the opportunity to learn from something that may not have gone the way you expected.
Failure gives you an opportunity to do what I call, course correct. You are able to evaluate a situation and change direction to move you closer to the outcome you desire.
You are able to assess and analyze your thoughts, mindset, behaviors and actions. You are able to assess and analyze your habits, the things that you automatically do, your support system and maybe the environment that you’re produce in. The only reason you have the data that you can evaluate is because you were willing to risk and have the courage to act. You are not further behind actually, you are further ahead because now you have new information so you may course-correct and then act again.
Failure in it’s traditional sense, provides awareness. It’s only when I or you fail, that we are able to shift direction, shift a habit, or shift a perception. It’s the willingness to continue moving and pursuing your goals, that you tap into another level who you are and your own new level of brilliance.
You begin asking yourself great questions like; what habits should I change? What behaviors? Who can I get support from? Who do I need to ask? You begin to trust a new level of yourself.
As you go into 2018, I want you to think of failure as perfect. Failure serves you and is there to expand you. We can’t grow without failure. Change can’t happen without failure.
Be grateful for failure. It is an opportunity to get solution focused, course-correct ask yourself wonderful questions, reset, and move again.
Know that you’re in the process of meeting the next best version of yourself every single time you fail so long as you decide to keep moving. The only thing that creates true failure, is when you choose to give up on yourself and your dreams.
Make 2018 the year you fail forward. It’s the year that you fail into growth. It’s a year that you fail, then expand.
It’s a new year. It’s a new perception… and failure is perfect. It is your gift.
Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.