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7 reasons you could fail and how to avoid it

We all fail at times – even the most successful people.

I know I seem to have had more than my share of failures along the way.

One of my biggest lessons along the way was to learn to take responsibility for my failures and not blame others.

Another lesson was to pick myself up, recognise why I failed and try again.

So, why do we fail?

And how do we fix it?

According to Shiv Khera, author of You Can Win, winners don’t do different things, they do things differently and failures most often occur for one of seven reasons.

 1. Lack of Persistence 

More people fail not because they lack knowledge or talent but because they just quit.

It’s important to remember two words: persistence and resistance.

Persist in what must be done and resist what ought not to be done.

Try new approaches.

Persistence is important, but repeating the same actions over and over again, hoping that this time you’ll succeed, probably won’t get you any closer to your objective.

Look at your previous unsuccessful efforts and decide what to change.

Keep making adjustments and mid-course corrections, using your experience as a guide.

2. Lack of Conviction People who lack conviction take the middle of the road

But what happens in the middle of the road?

You get run over.

People without conviction go along to get along because they lack confidence and courage.

They conform in order to get accepted, even when they know that what they are doing is wrong.

Decide what is important to you.

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right and doing well.

Let your passion show even in mundane tasks.

It’s OK to collaborate and cooperate for success, but it’s not OK to compromise your values—ever.

3. Rationalisation

Winners might analyze, but they never rationalize.

Losers rationalize and have a book full of excuses to tell you why they couldn’t succeed.

Change your perspective.

Don’t think of every unsuccessful attempt as a failure.

Few people succeed at everything the first time.

Most of us attain our goals only through repeated effort.

Do your best to learn everything you can about what happened and why.

Mistakes

4. Dismissal of Past Mistakes

Some people live and learn, and some only live. 

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