Eliminate and replace the “F-word” to experience a shift.
Have you tried to shift your mindset to reach success? We have all been there. We’ve all experienced the soul crushing outcome of an effort that we’ve invested into something really significant. Perhaps it was business related, a relationship, maybe a shortcoming in pursuit of specific fitness or triathlon goal.
I have heard many experts say: “Fail fast, Fail forward.” I found this to be not the best, but solid advice; with the objective of propelling momentum. Even if you do fail, just brush it off and move on to the next goal. This way, you don’t have too much time to dwell on the failure, instead you get busy pursuing the next endeavor.
The problem is the word failure. Whether you allow it to torment you for years or briefly acknowledge it for a moment, it still leaves a mark. Take a minute right now to say it out loud and pay attention to how it makes you feel when you connect to it emotionally, “/ˈfālyər/”
How terrible is that? It is especially awful when you use it in a sentence describing a result of something you once pursued.
If you ask me, failure should be the “F-word” that isn’t socially acceptable.
Now, I’m not trying to push the power of positive thinking upon you, nor is my goal for you to live in denial of a shortcoming or a negative result.
All I’m suggesting is to eliminate and replace the “F-word.” If there is no failure, then there’s only ‘Feedback’.
When you look back at your life (or going forward) and swap the moments that you once labeled ‘Failure’ with ‘Feedback’ naturally you’ll notice a shift in perception that will make more sense. The future will begin to look much more promising.
All of a sudden, your confidence will start to rebuild from all the times that you have “failed” and you will begin to trust yourself again.
The key is to have enough awareness and recognize the feedback so that you can make the appropriate adjustments moving forward. It is crucial to identify how far you’ve come, where you are presently, and the direction in which you are headed.
Define your current position. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
And if you can’t manage it, you can’t effectively improve it.
When deciding on a goal, make sure it is simple and practical. Pursue small, one percent, daily improvements and choose progress over perfection.
Originally published at thetrihub.com on January 28, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com