Sunday, 6 January 2013

Failure - What Is It? 3 Tips To Avoid Failure

Never Fail Yourself
I often think what is Failure, how does it occur, does it occur all of a sudden? I stumbled upon a very interesting article by Jim Rohn about formula of failure and success. Jim says, "Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day." 

So if failure is only about few judgmental errors made everyday or the poor choices made by individuals, then why do people keep on repeating these errors. Why wouldn't they choose to improve on things, I mean why would people simply want to fail? One reason, as Jim highlights, could be that the impact of these wrong judgments or poor choices is very small and does not have immediate impact. Failure's most dangerous attribute is it's subtlety. That could be the reason that failure does not occur immediately.  For example if you choose to ignore something important at work and it does not have a big impact immediately you may start feeling that it is alright to do so and then the negative impact may keep accumulating and show in your life one fine day. Similarly, someone may also choose to have bad eating habits or continue to smoke without any immediate adverse impacts. But the negativity will accumulate and have an adverse impact on your life someday.

In addition to above I think one more thing that causes failure is that people, over a period of time, start feeling low of themselves. When one tries to do something and is not able to do it successfully, due to various reasons, he or she starts giving up on it and starts believing that this task is difficult to achieve. This negative belief causes failure. So here are some tips which can be followed to avoid failure.

1. Introspection

Try to introspect yourself. The best time to introspect your daily activities is at night before going to bed. Think about the actions you took or the judgments or the decisions that you made in the day. Think were you reasonable enough while taking these actions or making these judgments or could have there been any better course of action? When you ask questions, you get answers. Don't ignore any answer that indicates anything negative irrespective of whatever the quantum of negativity it might carry.

2. Discipline & Time Management

Try to bring a discipline in your life that whatever improvements you had thought from your introspection, you would implement those in your life going forward. Leading a disciplined life and managing your time well will help you to avoid any kind of subtle negative impacts leading to failure.

3. Take Control

Never forget that it's your life and you should have it's control. No negative thoughts or feelings should control your life. Always believe that you are strong enough and can achieve anything in life. Resolve that you will not give up until you achieve whatever you want in your life even if lot of hurdles or problems come your way.


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