Each one of us, including the world’s most famous personalities, has experienced setbacks in his or her life. We have heard of many stories of successful leaders like Steve Jobs and Mahatma Gandhi who were undaunted by failure and went on to rewrite world history. But unlike Jobs or Gandhi, there are also many people who are not able to emerge out of failure as successfully and wonderfully. What's the difference? Though enough material is already available on success and failure, many people still get muddled and cannot transform failure effectively into success. Also one gets so ‘used to’ the ongoing reality of failure that one is not able to conjure up the 'will power' and 'necessary ideas' to take the leap.
Therefore these 12 mantras are simple. Simple to follow ideas are required today because there is so much material being posted all across the net on failure and success, that a person who is going through tough times, and has no other help but the internet to refer to, may just get overwhelmed further, with the choice. These 12 mantras will definitely bring in some method and a reference point for upcoming leaders, entrepreneurs and today’s youth.
Anyway, before we move on to the mantras for success, here’s a disclaimer. If we are not doing what ‘we love,' success is going to be a difficult journey from the word go. Today everybody is in so much of a hurry to succeed that this prerequisite is ignored. So before you start on the same path again, re-assess and assure yourself that you are on the right path. A path which fills you up with passion. ‘If we don't love it, we cannot put in our 100% and cannot persist to succeed!’
Assuming we have chosen the work we love to do, let’s now explore how to launch ourselves out of failure, into success.
Here are the 12 mantras to effectively convert ‘failure’ into a ‘success-launcher’!
1. Move on
Do a thorough job of taking feedback and listing out, once and for all, the mistakes you think jeopardized your success. Decide, which mistakes you would never repeat again and then, consciously choose to ‘empty your mind off the ‘experiences’ that come with the list’. Forgive yourself and others for the ‘so called’ mistakes. Do not revisit them again and again to fill up your mind. Remember, Garbage In, Garbage Out, i.e. whatever the quality of input, so will be the quality of the output.
“Failure is a gap between two Successes. Don’t make the gap longer. Be courageous. Move on. Take the Leap!”
2. Focus on your strengths
To believe in ourselves, to be passionate about our tasks, it is important to first know what our strengths are. A sure shot key to success is to focus on what ‘energises’ you and what you are good at. Use failure as a warning bell to assess and realign your efforts to your strengths. Eg: If you are energised with creative work then find creative ways to find new ideas and solutions. Alternatively, if you enjoy relationship building then see if you can reach out to people and seek support. Similarly, realign your team as well. Evaluate their strengths and assign them tasks according to their strengths. You will see that working with strengths will fill-up the entire team with confidence and will make you ‘progressively passionate and confident,' no matter what the results.
“Focus on your strengths and your weaknesses will become irrelevant!”
3. Make a thorough plan
Every new effort after failure must be backed with increased intensity of planning and attention to detail. Success is first created in the mind and then on the playing field. Visualise each and every step on the ladder to success, in as much detail as possible. This will give you clarity on how to get there.
“Good luck is the result of a Good plan!”
4. Never give up
Think thoughts of success but never expect success in the first attempt. Be ready and equipped to fight back, secure in the knowledge that success comes with repeated attempts. Also, once you have made the right choice, pursuant to the strengths, you will never feel overwhelmed by any challenge that comes your way. Not giving up is the only sure shot way of finally achieving your goal.
“Failure is not an option, because doing everything all over again is a cumbersome process!”
5. Keep your passion alive
Assuming you have set your eyes on something you love to do, it is now important to keep your passion burning. For this you need to focus on developing continued interest and patience, which in turn will help you to sustain your efforts over a long period of time. For continued interest you need to keep learning and innovating. Explore positive accomplishments around the world, in your field. You also need to keep reminding yourself of the joy you will get or the final benefits you will derive at the successful completion of the project, which will keep you energised.
"Ever new energy and passion are crucial for a successful outcome!"
6. Strengthen your Will Power
Success comes from great conviction that you can do it. To develop your will, do things that challenge you i.e. things, which pull you out from your comfort zone. E.g. If you have a tendency to be a couch potato, getting yourself to rigorously and regularly exercise your body, definitely will strengthen your overall will. It is also important to do every little task that you undertake with 100% will and conviction to make it succeed. So what’s your comfort zone? There are many other ways of developing will power, such as meditation, being with inspiring people and reading inspiring stuff, eating low glycemic diet, practicing mindfulness, focusing on one thing at a time etc.
A ‘wish’ is a desire that you think cannot be fulfilled. Yogananda says that Will Power = desire + ever new energy to fulfill that desire! So making efforts to strengthen your will power is the only way.
“Will power is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets!”
7. Breathe-think-talk Success
Develop the thought of ‘success’ everyday!