From Failure to Success – how to fail upward

From Failure to Success – how to fail upward

Now that we’ve talked about the #1 mistake service professionals make – the failures they experience,  let’s talk about “mistakes” in general.

A Failure Loop is easy to get stuck in. It goes something like this:

You take an action in order to get a certain result

But the result is not what you wanted…

You have feelings and thoughts about not getting the results you wanted…

Those are often negative

You begin to analyze what happened from that negative perspective:

  • who is to blame
  • what the “failure” means
  • how the “bad” results reflect on you, your company, your life… 

And before you know it… you’re stuck.

If you want to get different results, there are somethings you need to do. Stop focusing on “what was your failure”. Focus on what it was that created or contributed to those results without blame or judgment.

In this way, you can remove the emotional “charge” around the event. It helps to see things more clearly and rationally. This will allow you a lot more freedom to take new actions, which will absolutely change the results you get. 

Most of what we characterize as “failure” is really just new information. The valuable take away is, “that didn’t produce the result I wanted, so it’s time to try something else.”

As marketing and business guru Frank Kern once said:

Plan for the year: 

  • Do more of what works.
  • Do less of what doesn’t work.

That may sound like a “DUH!” – but most of the time, it’s no more complicated than that. 

So I challenge you to remove the negative thinking around your “missteps” and welcome failure as a wise teacher with rich lessons to teach you. 

Lesli Bitel, MBA, RDN, LDN, is a sought-after Business Strategist and Mentor specializing in guiding integrative and functional medicine professionals through the complexities of practice building.

Her mission is to unravel the confusion associated with the business side of running a successful private practice. Lesli focuses on real-world marketing and client attraction strategies to seamlessly integrate multiple income streams into the private practice business model, including

  • 1:1 coaching to online courses
  • Group programs
  • Online courses
  • Passive income products
  • Memberships
  • And more

In her work, Lesli draws on her experience running her own 6-figure functional nutrition practice, specializing in helping patients with neurological disorders. She also has a 13-year tenure in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic testing industries, where she excelled in marketing and sales, eventually reaching high-level executive roles.

For over a decade, she has empowered practitioners to overcome business challenges, attract ideal clients, and diversify income streams for thriving practices. Lesli offers private coaching, classes, webinars, and more, dividing her time between Salida, CO, and Lake Geneva, WI.

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