I remember my parents saying to me time and time again, if I fail to prepare, prepare to fail. However, when I reflect on those days, if I did not fail, I would not be the successful, independent woman I am today.

You see many times, we look at failure as it is the end, no recovery, I am done, next venture, move on. However, failure allows us the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong, what caused the negative impact and change the game plan.

Do you know, the founder of Rocket Chemical Company, Mr Norm Larsen, invented WD40. Mr Larsen wanted to develop a rust-prevention solvent and degreaser. He succeeded on his 40th attempt, hence the name WD40.

Folks, Mr Larsen endured and finally succeeded. We must take a page from his book.

Here are 3 things you can do to combat failure:

1) Take a deep breath and exhale. Yes, relax. Do not be too hard on yourself. Move on to another project for the day.

2) Review your game plan. The following day ( don’t wait too long to dive back in), review your game plan and come up with another plan. Try again.

3) Reach out to your tribe. If you are in doubt, reach out to your tribe, your positive influencers and run your ideas by them. They have your back!

Agree? How do you handle failure?

Published by Michelle Cockburn - Motivational Speaker

Wo.Men to Wo.Men Services reaches out to both Men and Women. We offer workshops on: Self Esteem and Self-Worth; Fear and its Impact on Self; Relationship Etiquette; Purposeful living and Customer Service Interface.

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