In my family, we have a saying. You never lose. You either win or learn. How is this even possible? Just grasp a couple essential concepts.
Progress Over Perfection
Your goal should be continuous improvement. This means there is no end goal. Having end goals means you’re only successful when you’ve hit a certain number on the scale. What happens when you don’t hit that number? Is all your work a waste? If you achieve your goal, what happens after that? Do we stop doing the good that we’ve been doing for ourselves? If your goal is progress – as James Clear puts it – today needs to be only 1% better than yesterday, it takes the pressure off. Then you are free to innovate in your efforts to improve.
Learn from Your Mistakes
There is an old saying that if you walk into a room of wise men, the wisest men in the room are the ones who have made the most mistakes. Like Thomas Edison is reported to have said when working to invent the light bulb, “I have not failed. I have discovered 1000 ways of making the light bulb that will not work.” We know that he and his assistant, William Hammer, went on to invent the light bulb. Mistakes are often the seeds of success if we learn from them and don’t let them get us all “in our feelings.”
Consider these two simple concepts and add them to your arsenal for success.