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Monday, November 30, 2009

You Haven't Failed--It Is Just Feedback

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

- Thomas Edison

Imagine where we would be today if Edison had believed he had failed when those 10,000 ways did not work.  We might still be reading by lamp light. The lesson here is profound.  When we think we have failed, we often give up.  But when we think about those failures as feedback about ways that didn't work, we keep on going, integrating that feedback into our next effort.  If you find yourself stopping yourself, believing you have failed, think about that "failure" as feedback.  Keep going.  Use the feedback to guide a new approach.

This week:  For just one week, think of your mistakes or failures as feedback.  When can you learn from the things that did not work?  How can you utilize that feedback to modify your approach?  How can you do it differently?  What do you need to add or subtract from your approach?  What might help you to be more successful next time? 

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people overcome the obstacles to their success by getting rid of "mental clutter"--especially those limiting beliefs that block you.  For more information about her services or to get some free resources to help you become more successful, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/

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