Is your glass half full or half empty?

Many times, regardless of how well we plan, some things just fail. Maybe it’s a webinar or meeting presentation that was well prepared, but suffered technical difficulty. Or a disciplined savings plan that lost nearly half of its value in today’s recession. These challenging situations define our days, but our response to them determines our future success.

While some curse and yell, others see failures as opportunities. Poet Maya Angelou writes: “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” Failures can either destroy or advance our goals; but it’s our response to them that really determines the outcome.

Thomas Edison experienced repeated failures. His true success was not his invention of the light bulb, but rather his tenacity to use failures as a means to gain new information and new perspectives.

Our most successful employees are the ones who have the persistence and optimism to learn from difficulty and use what they learn to reimagine, recreate and re-experiment. They are the ones who have learned to be positive and to constantly hunt for opportunities. As the economy struggles to recover, successful organisations will reinvent their futures by focusing on these opportunities.

Here are some tips on getting things right, when things start off wrong.

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