Keep Going No Matter What! by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

There are many reasons that people don’t reach their goals. One of the most likely reasons is that we simply give up before we reach our goal. Often people believe that we should be able to accomplish our goals more quickly than what is realistic.
Rather than looking for the quickest way to reach our goals, we would be better off if we looked at each failure as a opportunity to learn. When we don’t reach our goals in the time originally allotted, we often feel de-motivated. However, you can use that failure as an opportunity to see what needs to change to be successful the second time around. A second attempt can be a more educated and productive one. We can also learn that reaching your goal simply takes more time than you originally allotted.

Understanding what went wrong increases your chances of success exponentially the next time. Working at every goal in a methodical way, noting the problems and challenges can give you a head start on your second attempt. Heading back into a challenge with a wealth of information can help us get better every time. With new awareness, we are less likely to make the same mistakes twice, though we may make new ones on a second attempt.

We often learn from failures because we find other possibilities that we had never thought about before. Some of the greatest inventions of our time were failures at first. Penicillin, microwaves and Superglue were all inventions that were called failures because they did not fill the originally planned goals. Yet, these are all inventions that are now considered necessities.
Persistence in pursuing our goals even after failed attempts helps us to grow as a people and leaders. We gain resourcefulness, get creative and think outside the box. In addition, we build character from continuing to pursue our dreams even when reaching them seems impossible.

Successful leaders and inventors are those who have mastered something great after many failed attempts. Not only do these leaders learn new techniques and hone their skills as they try harder each time, but they build resilience that will help them as they move on to the next pursuit, as well.