Fighting Through Failure

Going from a high to running into a roadblock. Going from the greatest momentum to the biggest uphill battle. Maybe a business partner backing out with you, maybe a client leaving you. Dealing with failure is something that everyone struggles with.

We usually run to panicking immediately. That is the worst thing that we can do. It will only cloud your judgement and keep you from maneuvering through what has happened. 

Although panicking is usually the go-to thing. I am here to tell you that you have got to stop reacting in panic. I deplore it more than anything else as a negative trait. It does not do anything than make things worse.

Imagine that you got in a wreck and you are on the side of the road bleeding. An ambulance shows up and the paramedic just starts to panic. That is not going to help you. That is not going to get you the medicine and the care that you need to survive or heal.

Panic does not take away the pain or the fear of the situation.

You have to train your mind on how to deal with setbacks. It is something we are not born to be able to do. You have to constantly practice to train yourself on this discipline. To fight the initial reaction of panic.

Failure is something that we are afraid of. But setbacks come a dime a dozen. It is how you respond to a setback and allow it to turn around into something positive and work against it as a strategic warrior to utilize that moment as something that sets you up for a greater comeback.

You always have to prepare for the absolute worst. Prepare for the nightmare. That way, there are no surprises. That way, you and your team are able to respond with your prepared discipline.

But you always hope for the best. You always hope for things to work out in a positive way. That is a mental discipline that you have to train yourself with.

Panicking, lashing out, will not be beneficial to you in the long run. It may give you immediate satisfaction, but panicking will not help you in the long run.

You have to respond productively. You have to respond in a way that will help you grow and move forward.

Setbacks are in the eye of the beholder.

Setbacks are something that we all face.

Often what we call failure is just a momentary setback. How many times have you said that you will never be able to get up or turn around from your setback? And then you do make it. You do come back around. You do push forward.

You have to be able to assess the situation properly, remove panic, and slow everything down.

And constantly remind yourself of who you are and where you are going.

When you are intentional in your thinking, you will be able to bounce back from anything. You will be able to rise up from the ashes. You will be able to rise up with your head held high. And your mind will intently focus on utilizing that setback as a catalyst to propel you forward.

That is the difference between those who achieve great successes and those who don’t. That is the difference between those who give things to the world that you and I benefit from and from those who do not.

People who succeed use failure as an opportunity to prove how great they are. They use the good, bad and indifferent as an opportunity to prove themselves.

When you think about a failure or setback, instead of focusing on panicking or retreating, ask yourself:

Is this just an opportunity to prove that I am greater than I think I am? I ask myself this all the time?

You have to know that anything that is put in front of you, you are capable of overcoming. Remember that you are great from the day you breathed your first breath. Speak those affirmations to yourself.

Failures come. Setbacks happen. How you respond to it is in your own power. 


David L. Joyner and the Joyner Media & Strategies Team