Big Fat "F"

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The results are in... all your hard work, determination, planning, forecasting, communication, relationship building, sheer sweat... and you got a Big Fat "F". F for fail. So sad and depressing.

Seriously? Get over it already. Failure is a positive. That's right, you heard me correctly. Failure is a positive because you need to experience failure in order to learn from your mistakes and grow for the next time - and there will be a next time, promise.

Some people are worryworts, constantly worrying about potentially failing at something they haven't tried or something that is very important to them. Worry is not the correct feeling to associate with these situations, you should be anticipating the outcome and experience a little excitement for the process. No worrying allowed.

The practice of worrying also severely deteriorates your ability to function in your "genius" mode, which is where you really want to be when learning something new or taking on a new project. Loss of sleep, overindulging in nasty habits, and possibly stress side effects such as headaches, exhaustion, and sheer crankiness will hold you back.

CONFESSION: I used to be a worrywort. Then, one day, out of nowhere, a very old wise man (my husband - lol) gave me the best advice: if you can't fix it right now, don't worry about it right now. Instead make a plan and practice it. Now when I find myself worrying, I ask myself "is this something I can fix right now?". If the answer is no, I let it go and formulate my plan. Zen.

Everyone fails. Yes, everyone. If they truly haven't failed at anything in their whole entire life, then they aren't living - or trying. Those that fail to admit they have failed, just proved my point. Failure is evolution, repeating the same behaviors again and again is insanity.

Be aware of your failures. Study them. Learn from them. Finally, apply what you have learned to future experiences. Failure will only make you better at succeeding.

Watch this video, speaker J.K. Rowling, shows that worry of failure and the experience of failure has benefits. Looking back, humor can be discovered and lessons can be learned. I hope you enjoy!

Most of all, don't forget that you are awesome and can accomplish anything you set you mind to. Take a deep breath and put all that worrying to work. Find solitude and appreciation in failure and, don't be afraid to take the leap again next time.


April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.

Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.

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