Thursday, December 15, 2011

Failing Forward

Failure is something that everyone encounters at some point in their lives.

There are three levels of failing-
Level I: Failure in what we do.
(Our Career)

Level II
: Failure in who we are
(Our Morals and Ethics)

Level III
: Failure in who we want to be.

Whether you’re a failure in any one or all three levels, it’s your response to your failure and how you move forward that defines who you are.

There are 5 ways people can react to failure:
1. They take their anger out on others
2. They cover up their mistake
3. They speed up – they move past and do not change direction on the bullet train
4. They back up, lie and make excuses
5. They give up.

Failure is often referred to as an inside job, so how do you move forward from failure? The first thing you need to do is take responsibility; own up to your own failure. Then admit your own flaws accurately. This will help you see yourself clearly. Work from your strengths so that you can excel in what you do well and build upon them passionately.

The U.S. Army has a great acronym about moving FORWARD from Failure.
  • Finalize your goal
  • Order your plan
  • Risk failing by taking action
  • Welcome mistakes
  • Advance based on your character
  • Re-evaluate your progress continually
  • Develop new strategies to succeed
Think to a time when you have experienced failure and feel free to share your story….how did you move forward?