LIAM 008 – Set Yourself Up for Victory; Learn from Your Successes!

Life_is_a_Marathon_RevisionIn Episode #8 of the Life Is A Marathon show, I speak about the importance of setting yourself up for victory and of learning more from your successes than from your failures. Far too often, through the way we think and speak, we project the opposite outcome we actually want. We say and think more about what we don’t want than about what we do want. I also address how the popular business “buzz” is to “fail fast” and learn from our mistakes. I disagree! It’s best to “win fast” and build on our successes!

Quotes from the show:

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Show outline:

  1. Comment from a reader of my blog about the “Push yourself to the point of failure” post
    1. Dan Erickson: I’m reading a book called “Rework” and the authors would disagree. The idea of failure to succeed is overrated. What if we push ourselves to the point of success?
    2. I agree – we learn much more from our successes than we do from our failures!
    3. I wrote in Sept 2013 – Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weakness
  2. Set yourself up for victory every day, in every situation
    1. Business coaches are fond of saying “fail fast”
    2. I say “succeed fast”
    3. It’s very important have BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) – dreams for the future that you work towards
    4. More important to “chunk it down” into small, bit-sized, very doable goals
      1. Creates a “I’m winning!” attitude
      2. Creates the “snowball effect” / momentum
    5. As you win, keep raising the bar by doing more “winning” things and pushing harder
  3. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    1. Failure will happen
      1. Don’t expect it / accept it
      2. You can learn from it, but don’t focus on what you did wrong
      3. Don’t project a negative outcome in your speech or thought
        1. Instead of telling a child “don’t drop this”, which is what you don’t want
        2. Say “please, carry this very carefully” which IS what you want
          1. Celebrate the victory when it is accomplished!
    2. Try to find the things that went right, but not enough of that was done
      1. What was working that you didn’t do in this situation
      2. Get back on track mentally by going back to what worked
  4. Keep a Victory Log
    1. You get what you look for/expect in life
      1. If you try to fail fast, you will!
    2. Record all the victories, big and small
    3. Review your day to recognize what went right, well, made you happy, made someone else happy
    4. Look back over the list each week / each month
      1. You’ll see how many victories you have!
  5. I’ve also blogged about this: Set Yourself Up for Victory; Learn from Your Successes!

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2 Responses to LIAM 008 – Set Yourself Up for Victory; Learn from Your Successes!

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    Dan Erickson September 30, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Great podcast, Bruce. I think the initial post I commented on did make the point that we should be driven toward success, but there is an overuse of the word failure in our current business culture. You did great at rephrasing the idea in this podcast.

    • Bruce Van Horn
      Bruce Van Horn September 30, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Dan, I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and for giving me the feedback which breathed life into this topic! Thanks for your support!

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