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    David Kelley

    Dennis Kelley is a seasoned professional with over 30 years experience leading teams and coaching people to success. Dennis is in high demand as a speaker, consultant, trainer and an author... Read More

    David Kelley

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Avoiding Failure Delays Success…

Failure — it’s a scary word for most people. When we think of failure, we normally tense and want to run from it. The typical way we think about failure is to put our self in the middle with success on one side and failure on the other. Something like this:

Failure → You → Success

We work toward success every day and run away from failure. We do whatever we can to avoid the embarrassment of failing and the challenges that it will bring. The interesting thing is we really should rework this equation to look more like this:

You → Failure → Success

You see, almost all successful people have had many failures along the way. What I see in my coaching business are people that want to get as close to perfect as they can before taking action in the business because they fear doing it wrong. It’s much better to take some calculated risks and learn from it, adjust where needed and move forward than to delay action and not make the progress you should.

I’m not suggesting to be reckless or irresponsible with what you do. Just don’t let the need to be perfect or to not make a mistake keep you from acting. You will move incredibly faster by making a decision, implement change in your business or life, and learn along the way. Who knows, maybe you have it right after all and you will see great results. However, if you did miscalculate you will find that in most cases you and get an even better result.

Next time you hold back from taking action because you’re not sure it is quite perfect yet, take a chance and move forward with it. You will learn a tom and make more progress than you imagine. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this — leave me a comment.

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