Posts Tagged "failure"

I’m Ready to Groove–Are You? 2

I’m Ready to Groove–Are You?

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

The other day I read a great little article about the AWESOME band, Earth Wind and Fire. It was talking about the fact that this group has staying power–their music just never gets old, and is loved by people of all ages. Founder and lead singer Maurice White sums up their success with this quote: “Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.” Oh man how I love that. Ain’t that the truth? We do that all the time, don’t we? We are so busy trying to write the perfect words in our head to what happened and what could happen. Because 80% of our thoughts are negative, we over-think things to the point to where we scare ourselves to death with all of the possible gloomy outcomes. Because thinking the worst comes so naturally, it’s hard to let it go. But give it a try. I’ve gotten to the point where I try to do this more often than not, and it always scares the crap out of me. When there is something I need to do that I know feels right, I just do it before I have too much time to think about it. Whether this be putting myself out there to do a...

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5 Ways to Succeed at Failure 0

5 Ways to Succeed at Failure

Posted on Jan 21, 2014

So you’ve failed. You’ve put your heart and soul into a project, a promotion, an audition, a love-affair —just fill in the blank!—and it just didn’t work out for you. I’m not going to sugar-coat things here—failure sucks. Failing is never desirable, never easy—and unfortunately, always predictable. At some point in your life, you will fail. But you can do so successfully. Here’s how. 1. Wallow. The first step to succeeding at failure is simply to admit it. Recognize it, take it in. Accept it. Just owning up to your foible takes away a lot of it’s hurting power. 2. Trudge. It’s time to walk through the ring of fire, my friends. Don’t try to go around, just walk right through it. And yes, it’s going to hurt. Cry, scream, pound your fists into a pillow, vent about it to your (poor) husband, friend, anyone who will listen. You’ve just got to go in and earn your battle scars. If you take the easier way around now—Avoidance Avenue— that path of fire will only rear it’s ugly head again down another road. 3. Commiserate. The old ego may not want us to talk about things when we’ve flopped, but it is oh-so-healing to do so. Not only does it...

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