Success Formula – Failure is Only Feedback

Below is an article I came across from a few years back by Jerry Clark. Still relevant for you AND I.

FAILURE IS ONLY FEEDBACK…by Jerry Clark

No Failure Only FeedbackTo start we need to review The 5 Step Success Formula that Never Fails… In a nutshell, here are the five steps…

  1. Know the Results You Seek: There is much Power in Clarity.
  2. Get Busy: This means Take Action.
  3. Have Awareness: This means being aware of what is working and what is not working.
  4. Be Flexible: This means that you want to stay focused on the results you desire; however, be willing to change your approach if necessary.
  5. Keep Charging: This means Go, Go, Go!!!

The reason I bring this up now – is because I’ve noticed how some people take the time to know their outcome and they may even start to take some action and then they miss the boat during the third phase… Having awareness of what is working and what is not working…

customer service failureIn other words, they may have a setback and instead of viewing the results as Feedback, they view it as Failure… Quick example so we can easily distinguish the two… You haven’t had any water in a while and so your body begins the process of signaling you by creating a dry throat… That’s called Feedback… Now, let’s say that a person gets a dry throat and decides to commits suicide as a result of it… That’s called Failure… I know that I didn’t have to be that dramatic; however, I want you to understand that this is what a lot of people do in their Network Marketing business… They get started in their new Network Marketing business and get really excited so they go and “Fire hose” or “Data Dump” on their friends and relatives… After they are done with a 2 hour seminar on their products and opportunity, their friends and family just sit there with glazed looks over their eyes as if they were in a coma or they simply turn around and run the opposite direction as fast as they can…

Then the new distributor takes this as personal rejection and gets their distributor kit, wipes off all fingerprints, and hides it under the bed so no one will know they ever got started… Many of them quit by committing what I called “Network Marketing Suicide”… You will find their names amongst the other hapless souls in the MLM Cemetery… Instead, they could have taken the reactions of their friends and family as Feedback because that’s all it was anyway. They could have examined what they did and sought counsel from their successful upline leaders to see what the challenge could have been and how they could improve… Or they could have even asked their friends and family… They could say something like, “Hey John, as you know I’m just getting started with my new business and I can understand and appreciate that it’s not for you right now. However, could you do me a favor by telling me why you almost fainted after I explained the products and opportunity to you? I’m new to this and it would be really helpful to me. And since you’re my cousin, I know you will be sincere and honest with your feedback.”

Something like that would suffice and you will be surprised at what you discover… People truly want to help you; however, you have to be willing to see the so-called Failure as nothing more than Feedback… Feedback that can be used to make finer distinctions and eventually assist you in creating massive success… All of the great inventions that we benefit from today came as a result of the inventor seeing “Failure” as nothing more than Feedback… What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?The automobile, airplane, light bulb, even this concept of Network Marketing… Wow… So the quickest way to success is to get massive amounts of Feedback as soon as you can and use it as the Stepping Stones to your Super Success…

So go out there and “Fail your way to the Top!” because FAILURE IS ONLY FEEDBACK… That’s it for now…

Until Next Time…

Go, Go, Go!!!

 

Self-Help – Wait to Worry

I came across an article recently called "Wait to Worry" by Vicki Hitzges and thought it could help if you tend to worry:Dont Worry - Wait To Worry

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills.

To get some perspective, I visited a well known, Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, "Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry."

As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn't admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone-even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

"I decided that I would wait to worry!" he explained. "I decided that I'd wait until I actually had a reason to worry-something that was happening, not just something that might happen-before I worried."

"When I'm tempted to get alarmed," he confided, "I tell myself, 'Fred, you've got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don't worry.' And I don't. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry."

Fred Smith would frequently ask the audiences what they were worried about this time last year and he would get a lot of laughs, because most people can't remember. Then he would ask if they have a current worry – you see nods from everybody. Then he would remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient – only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.

Worrying is different than concern. It's OK to be concerned about something, but when it turns to anxiety or hand-wringing worry, then it's bad for us and we lose our focus. Don't let worry blur your focus.

Quotes:

"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength." – Charles Spurgeon

Song "They That Wait" – Isaiah 40:31

They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord; teach me, Lord, to wait.

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