We all seek to overcome the struggles in our lives
A mistake or continuing struggles can be devastating but can be averted. Unfortunately, there is a flip side to success; it is called failure. I believe one of the things which cause setbacks in regional, rural and remote communities is the much-dreaded word ‘failure’ as it continues to cause people to struggle.
Another business fails, another gap in community services opens up, and employment opportunities lost. As those involved seek ‘greener pasture’s and even leave the community people’s lives, become severely disrupted, and relationships destroyed.
Most people fear the word failure, but a successful person knows there is no reason to worry about it. Unfortunately, most people are trained or conditioned from their early life to avoid failure at all cost as if it was the worst thing which could happen to you.
Failure is not all bad, and defeat is not final. If there is one thing, I know it is you can survive almost anything and come back better and stronger than ever. Never let the fear of failure stop you from achieving the success you want and more than likely ought to enjoy.
All successful person has a dream, or a goal and they know they will do whatever it takes to get there. They see success in life is never solely determined by the scores you have had on your report cards at school or anywhere else. They have learned their past failures are only ‘bumps’ on the journey to achieve their aspirations, and whatever they perceive success to mean.
Averting the rate of struggles
If community stability and sustainability are to be maintained, an investigation into the causes of business failure is required. Usually, a problem in procedure and methodology can cause considerable concern and of interest to community leaders. Far too many just accept that failures will occur, and do little to slow the rate of failure down.
People who achieve their dreams tend to have many things going on at any given time, to avoid a gap or setback in their journey. Then, if something fails, they can still achieve their dreams. Successful people all keep going regardless of how many times they have to pick themselves up and start again.
Most people are born, they go to school, then they get a job, retire, and then they die. Many have no concept of the words success or fail. When they look back on their lives, they will find they have contributed very little to their community. At least those who have a go and support their community, recover from setbacks, and no one can take it away from you.
What do you have to fear? Nothing but fear itself? It is well known, 99% of what you worry about will never happen. You can receive the great gift of hope. You do not need to risk failure every day in reckless pursuit of your aspirations.
However, if you lift yourself above mediocrity, you can have a chance of avoiding serious mistakes and failures. Failures are part of life. If you do not fail, you do not learn, and if you do not learn, you will never change. Even where you cannot resuscitate a failure, there will always be something you can learn from it.
Struggles are a part of life
Making mistakes and having failures, is a part of life. To succeed, we must also know what to avoid while lifting our communities, our businesses and our lives beyond the current problems we are facing.
Maybe you are allowing your lack of information or fear of failure, to get in the way of creating the life-changing event you desperately seek. There are people and organisations who you could be helping you in such an insightful way. The time to change for a better future is now because the world needs you to care and share what you have.
There’s something about making a fresh start; it makes us want to become more successful reshape our communities and our lifestyles. People around the world make resolutions, to become more productive while improving the community in which they live. If you resolved to be more productive, there are many things you can do, including learning from failures.
Sharing our thoughts will always lead to better outcomes
Thousands of businesses in our regional, rural and remote communities fail every year. From micro home-based enterprises to larger manufacturers fail each year, and it is common knowledge. So the question is, “how many fail in our community, and what can we do to reduce the number.
While there are many reasons for failure including the size of the market, competition, business conditions, lack of business ability, fraud and even family breakdowns, there is always something which can be implemented to reduce the impact on the community.
Do not be one of those communities who never have time to address the problems. Those leaders who are interested in social reform should be sorted out and refocused on the health problems caused by business failures and what they can do about them. It might start by addressing isolation and loneliness which is just one cause of mental health issues in our regional communities.
Do not wait for your struggles to overwhelm you
Why not start today to gather, categorise and disseminate information and statistics on business failures in your community. What are the best support services you can deploy as a next step to identify those businesses which are at risk?
An approach for reducing the struggles in your community.
There are two ways to motivate business people to improve their operations and avoid failure. They can make decisions based on fear of consequence or the desirability of a particular outcome.
Both ways have a vital role to play in managing a business, or a whole business community. Companies are the primary drivers in any community irrespective of its size. When fear is allowed to be the primary driver, then it can stifle progress, innovation and risk-taking. Anyone who has achieved in business will tell you positive thinking, innovation and knowledge management are factors critical to their success.
On the other hand, remove all fear, and we end up with the reckless entrepreneurship which was a feature of the 1980’s. If businesses only focus on the outcome they want, without consideration for the consequences of their actions on the community, then the failure rate will not improve. Community leaders should be encouraging team efforts where transparency and collaboration exists.
Perhaps a place to start helping your community lessen the struggles rests with your website and social media.
All communities face the impact of globalisation and the exponential growth in technology and business automation. These are today’s route causes of people’s struggles. Job disruption is increasing, while an entrenched education system makes it harder for our regional communities to act in response. The book and the ideas in it can become an essential resource for reducing failure rates.
“I honestly believe I have felt your feelings. I have walked in your shoes. You have made some mistakes, and you may not be where you want to be, which has nothing to do with your future”. Zig Ziglar
“Most people fail in life, not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit”. Les Brown