Moving On – From Disappointment to Success

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Every business owner experiences failures, to be successful means being able to move on


You have reached every goal you set for yourself and your small business right on schedule. Running your business has been a walk in the park. No? If you are not where you thought you would be when you made the decision to become a business owner, congratulations, you are in great company. Bill Gates, Walt Disney, RH Macy, Colonel Sanders, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Edison. This is just a partial list of people known for their achievements in life who failed many times on their way to success.

Michael Jordan one of the greatest basketball players of our time, was cut from his high school basketball team, listen to what he has to say about failure .

It is not a secret, most business owners go through a period of time where they wonder what they have gotten themselves into and are they up to the task. There are ups and downs in every business. The key is to let go of the failures and disappointments so you can move forward.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” Thomas Edison. What if you are almost there? Almost to the place you want to be and you give up? We cannot see the whole picture. The success you crave may be just past that next disappointment. Overcoming the fear of failure requires bold, decisive action.

Failing is a part of succeeding. Replace the word failure with outcome. Everything we do has an outcome, sometimes that outcome is what we expected and sometimes it is not. A failure can prevent people from moving forward; however, accepting an outcome for what it is opens doors to all kinds of possibilities.

Often it requires forgiving yourself or someone else for the failure. Forgiveness is a decision, not an emotion. Holding on to resentment, blame, and loses gets in the way of moving forward. It can quickly become a paralyzing excuse. Andy Andres was interviewed in Success magazine about how to move on from disappointment ( said, “Being unwilling to forgive yourself or others is a sure way to sabotage your life”, and I would add your business.

Moving on from disappointment is a decision. It is something we do, not just something to hope for. To pick yourself up and move on requires:

1. Make the decision to do so NOW
2. Learning something from what has happened, or not happened
3. Be honest with yourself about where you are at right now
4. Decide to move forward from here
5. Be willing to risk make new mistakes

The difference between successful people and those who never quite get there is not that they don’t fail, but that they learn and move on from failure. It’s not how many times you get knocked down; it is how many times you get back up.

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