Before you can set your goals for the upcoming year you have to take a realistic look at where you are currently. Sit down and evaluate your personal, professional, financial, and social life. So what, maybe you are not where you had hope to be at this time this year, be encouraged, a new year quickly approaches.
Success isn’t based on “avoiding” failure, but on “facing” it correctly.
Don’t be deceived by defeat, for so many have been destroyed when defeat has touched their lives and they have allowed themselves to think that this temporary failure was in fact final. Wrong. All they needed to do was realize that as long as there is breath in their bodies that there is always hope. For wherever there is hope there is always a way forward and a way out.
William A. Ward said, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.”
So what should you do if you find yourself in the midst of a temporary defeat?
Here are four suggestions that will help you to rise up and move forward.
- Recognize that defeat is temporary
- Be inspired by reading the stories of others who faced defeat and still achieved success.
- Ask yourself the question, ‘What can I learn from this defeat?’
- Dust yourself off and get up and go again.
I have come to believe that failure is a necessary part of our growth and maturity.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
And strive to make 2012 a year of opportunities, progression, and milestones.