We all know the story. A great sermon, or a powerful self-help book. Anthony Robbins’s super-inspiring workshop. And we inevitably end up with a list of goals in our hand! Oh, The List! Life tastes good.
Until failure happens. And happens it does. With the vengeance. Failure inevitably happens when we have goals. Failure is built into a Goal Achieving Journey.
But we are commandos. We are well prepared! We know what to do, in case the dark tornado of failure strikes and rearranges us to point of atomic annihilation.
We have 12 ways at our disposal to deal with any nasty failure, that comes to steal our goals from us.
Here they are: the 12 ways we use to deal with failure. Don’t laugh. They have been used through ages. They are timeless.
1. Intentional bucket kicker:
This is the end of the world. I need to exit. Where is my gun or the nearest skyscraper?
2. Creative bucket kicker:
Blame someone else for your failure, narrow down your target and hurt or eliminate SOB.
3. Rationalization adventurer:
I didn’t need that thing anyway. I’m happy where I am.
4. Present moment worshipper:
Present moment is all that matters. I don’t need no goal. Achievement will not make me happy.
5. Lazy Boy:
Oh Boy. I set that goal way to high. Let me make it easier and downgrade it a notch.
Let me put a nice, big label on myself and stretch it into infinity. From “I just failed” to “I am a failure” to “I am a failure in everything” to “I am a failure all the frickin’ time”. Preferably stretch this attitude to all areas of your life. I call it “going global”:)
7. Genetically modified cyborg:
I am genetically insufficient. I can’t believe that idiot next door has such good genes. He is so successful.
8. Unfaithful Impotent:
I can’t believe this happened to me.
9. Deodorant minimalist:
Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.
10. Conspiracy Priest:
We are controlled by dark forces, greek gods and illuminati MFs. It’s impossible to succeed.
11. Karma chameleon:
It’s my karma, I must have been bad in my prior incarnation. Incense anyone?
12. Prudent Student:
What can I learn from, what has just happened? How can I use it to get where I want to be, even faster? What’s my next step?
How do you react to inevitable failures on your path? Are you especially fond of becoming Karma Chameleon? Or perhaps you morph into a Genetically Modified Cyborg? I know a few will choose a path of incense burning, Present Moment Worshipper?
PS: 12th way is the only attractive option on this list, IMHO:)
What is your style of dealing with failure?