Friday, November 2, 2018

Lean Quote: Apply Positive Thinking to Overcome Failure

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.


“- If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means "first Attempt In Learning" 
- End is not the end, if fact E.N.D. means "Effort Never Dies" 
- If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means "Next Opportunity". 
So Let's be positive." — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Throughout your life there will be failures - whether you like it or not.

How you view those failures and what you focus on will either help you overcome them or push you into a downward spiral where you don't think you can accomplish anything.

When you experience failure it's important to acknowledge what didn't go well. Learn from those mistakes and move forward by making changes in how you do things so that you don't repeat the same mistakes. Be positive by thinking about what you really want and knowing that you can achieve your desired goals.

Here are a few things you can do to overcome failure by applying positive thinking:
Look at the positive in every failure. This means really paying attention to what went well and not dwelling on what went wrong.

Learn from mistakes so you don't repeat them. The more you learn the better.
Think of what you can do better the next time.

Give yourself positive encouragement. Tell yourself you can do better the next time and put your energy into doing better the next time.

Think about what you want and not what you don't want. This means framing what you want in a positive way so that you apply positive thinking to phrase exactly what you want.

Don't give up. Push ahead and try again. You'll fail more often than you succeed. But if you learn from mistakes and apply positive thinking, your success will be greater than expected and will exceed any failures.

It may not be easy to simply start thinking positive or to apply positive thinking everyday but you have to get started. You may think it's difficult but it's a lot easier than you realize and once you get started it will get easier with practice.


As a wise man once said — Positive anything is better than negative everything. When you harness the power of positivity, its amazing the impact it has on your life and business. It makes every moment worth experiencing and every goal worth shooting for. You need to embrace the power of positivity to see how it transforms the way you look at things.

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