How do you react when you make a mistake, or when you fail? Do
you have a plan for using failure to help you succeed? Top-achieving
performers and achievers have developed powerful mental strategies
for bouncing back from seeming defeats and to catapult themselves
to the next level of success. You can learn those strategies too.
I've been helping people turn failure into opportunity for the past
30 years as a mental game peak performance coach. The way lies in
having powerful, tested mental game peak performance strategies
at your disposal. What your mind believes you will achieve.
Ten Powerful Turn-Failure-Into-Success Strategies
Henry Ford believed that "Failure is only an opportunity to begin
again more intelligently." Woody Allen says, "If you're not failing,
you're not trying anything." And Winston Churchill held that "Success
is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." All
these great men know that dealing with failure successfully is part
of a winner's mind set. Here are my top ten mental strategies that
winners use to keep them strong and take them towards success.
1. Winners Realize That Every Human Being Makes Mistakes:
Richard Whately said, "He only is exempt from failures who makes
no effort." Even seemingly perfect, famous people make mistakes
every day. If they fail, so can we. And we can move on from those
errors to reach our potential.
2. Winners Attempt To Make Fewer Mistakes: "The greatest
general is he who makes the fewest mistakes." Napoleon Bonaparte
was right. In sports, the team making the fewest errors usually
wins. Most battles are won through error containment. Make your
mistakes, but limit when you do them and how often.
3. Winners Correct Their Mistakes: St. Augustine said "It
is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error."
Confucius said, "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct
it is committing another mistake." Winners take mistakes as an opportunity
to make good, to move on, and to learn from the situation.
4. Winners Take Responsibility For Their Errors: "Do not blame
anyone for your mistakes and failures" Bernard Baruch meant that
to grow and change, we must see all of reality and we must deal
with that reality. The first step in gaining control over our errors
is admitting that they exist.
5. Winners Don't Make The Same Mistake Twice: "He that's
cheated twice by the same man is an accomplice with the cheater."
Thomas Fuller said this to encourage us to learn from a mistake,
vow to never repeat it, and to move on without reservation or fear
of making other mistakes.
6. Winners Fail Fast And Move On: Business guru Tom Peters
says "Only with failure can you verify wrong ways of doing things
and discard those practices that hinder success." Winners cultivate
an attitude of "lead, follow or get out of the way". They are voracious
for success, and devour any mistake that can take them closer and
faster to that success.
7. Winners Create A Lifetime Self-Coaching System: Baruch
said that "The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles
than in growing with them". Develop a self-coaching system that
helps you see your errors, define them, accept responsibility for
them, improve them and to do all that with a positive attitude.
8. Winners View Failure As Just A Detour, Just a Delay:
"I think and think for months, for years. Ninety-nine times the
conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right." Albert Einstein
knew that persistence was key in being "creative". The answer did
not just drop out of the sky. He worked at it. He stayed with it.
9. Winners Know That Failure Is The Teacher Of Success: John
McEnroe says "The important thing is to learn a lesson every time
you lose". McEnroe won more than any other tennis pro of his era,
yet even he knows that errors are the sign-posts to success.
10. Winners Know That Admitting Failure Shows You To Be A Secure
Person: Pro golfing legend Lee Travino said, "We all choke,
and the man who says he doesn't choke is lying like hell. We all
leak oil." The person trying to project an image of perfection is
setting up a fragile reality, ready to burst at the wrong time.
Be secure in your human imperfection. It's easier than building
an image that can't be maintained.
Develop Your Philosophy Of Failure, To Reach Success
Are you building a master strategy of how you will react to mistakes
when they happen? Do you have a plan for mentally handling errors
and bouncing back from seeming defeat? What strategies from the
top ten list above can you adopt and begin using right away to launch
yourself towards higher levels of success?
To learn about sports psychology coaching services offered by Bill
Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach™, visit www.SportsPsychologyCoaching.com.
Copyright © 2000-2008 Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on sports psychology, peak performance,
mental toughness and coaching, is founder and CEO of William
B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps sports teams and individuals
achieve more success. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association, an organization dedicated to advancing
the research, development, professionalism and growth of mental game coaching
worldwide. He is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published author of books and articles,
and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports and big-time
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