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Four Ways to Deal with Failure

I know I usually read about good positive information and it will be positive – just read on.

As I reviewed the Phoenix Seminar for its Online debut, I remembered how many people have shared their failures in life or business or with others. Yet, most learned how to change their perception of dealing with failure after the Phoenix Seminar.

One of the keys to dealing with or coping with failure is to learn the Four Ways of Dealing with Failure…

The Four Ways to Deal with Failure

  1. Correcting
    You must start the correcting phases by first learning what caused the failure. I think of the Law of Cause and Effect with the Effect being the Failure. Therefore to change the Effect, you begin by changing the causes. So additional factors to discover include can You change the cause or will you need someone else to become involved? It also helps to list out contributing factors to the cause and can they be changed or modified? Finally, after all your review of the causes you will want to focus upon the solution – which is the change to the cause so your next effect will be positive.
  2. Adapting
    Here is a different from the correcting process in there could be little you can change – at least at first. Therefore, you will want to think about can you live with this issue? Is it a necessary activity or in limited cases just a necessary evil you will need to learn to deal with now? Or, it is due to just particular circumstances you will only deal with on specific occasions? In any event, you must decision if you can adapt to deal with this occasional challenge in your life.
  3. Coping
    This is a unique situation whereby you learn there is no way to change the causes and thus the effects. Now your character will have an opportunity to raise to the front so you can continue to go forward without dwelling on the past. Here the key is to just walk it off and allow time to heal the hurt. However one word of caution – never generalize this failure on to every thing else you do (or even yourself) since this was a specific situation with a limited lifespan. Move on and if others have it happen help them to regain their strength and move on also.
  4. Learning
    Now here is the biggest winner of the group. It is the silver lining to when bad things happen to us. We have an opportunity to learn exactly what happened and can develop a plan of action for the future. Think about how  you can change the causes to the failure and make sure the next time is a success. The self-responsible person will use this opportunity to gain a feeling of mastery over failure by learning how to improve the quality of their choices in the future.

Personal growth and learning how to succeed in life has a direct relationship to how well you deal with failure or adversity. I have found the best leaders have always had something happen to them in their past which could be described as a failure. The ability to deal with adversity by refusing to blame others and setting a new course to set these failures have less of a chance to occur again is the sign of a great individual.

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Voss Graham

CEO / Sr Business Advisor at InnerActive Consulting Group Inc
Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.

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Voss Graham

Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.