When you complete a big project or reach a goal, you can usually look back at things that failed during the journey. Rather than throwing away the entire idea, you can tweak it by doing something different or finding a better way to help you achieve even more.
Turning those small failures into part of your success can teach you so much more about the process and the repeat stage will be much easier and turn much smoother. If you’ve kept records of all the elements involved in the task, it should be much easier to recreate the process and see exactly where the failure took place.
Knowing the roots of the failure lets you know the chain of events that made things go wrong and you can modify them until it works as you want it to. It’s a matter of correcting the course for the next leg of the journey.
You should also look at the big picture of the project as you analyze the elements. The more you change things, the more things can go wrong. If you’ve achieved a big success with your first try, be careful not to wreak havoc on the project by changing too much – too fast.
Research what you can do better rather than obsessing about the failure. You learn from failures and successes, so think about what you can do that has been proven – or you instinctively feel – that will help you rectify the situation.
Many times you might be emotionally obsessed about what happened to get you off track. The best way to deal with that is to get feedback from others and immediately begin to identify what went wrong and take action to change it.
You may find that you need to set more realistic goals. If you rushed the process, it might not produce the quality you desired. If you spent too much time on the process you may have acquired more financial costs that you wanted.
The mindset you choose to think about failure – whether a certain portion or the entire process – is the most important factor in getting back on track, eliminating the failed ideas or tasks and forging toward success.
Thomas Edison attempted to produce light so many times that most of us would have given up under the pressure. But he kept the mindset that each time he did fail – he was simply finding another method that didn’t work. He still held out hope for the next attempt.
The learning process alone will lead you to the success you desire. Elements that failed in the past can be discarded and new ways to do things can take their places. It may only need a simple modification to be the true success you envisioned.