You may have heard it said if you fail to plan you plan to fail! This statement is true but has a limited perspective on what it means to lead and fulfill your purpose. With III Coaching, LLC my coaching company, our purpose is to inform, instruct and inspire others to fulfill their purpose. In the process of doing so we offer workshops, assessments, individual, group and organizational coaching. We help people go from where they are to where they want to be through systematic and purposeful guidance.
In my over 20 years of doing business, I can say that “failure” is always a part of the process. I put failure in quotes because I don’t really believe in failure. I believe that when something doesn’t turn out the way you planned, you succeeded because you learned one other way that does not work. Most businesses technically fail in 5 years according to the measurement of profit margin but the businesses that fail today often have CEO’s and entrepreneurs that are successful later.
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick was a successful coordinator with the New York Giants as they won Super Bowls with then Head Coach Bill Parcells. Later Belichick earned the job of head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991-1994 only winning 36 games and losing 44. According to measurements of the NFL, he was a failure. He learned from his experience and was earned the job as the head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000 where he has a winning record of 214 wins and only 74 losses. He has won 27 playoff games and only lost 9. The Patriots have won 5 Super Bowls in 17 years. His first season as the Patriots Head Coach he only won 5 games and lost 11. If he let his “failure” in Cleveland be louder than the opportunity in New England, he would have been defeated in his mind before he ever dawned a whistle and led a practice.
“Failure” is a part of the process so I encourage you to plan to fail but when you do fail, make sure you fail forward. Learn from your “failures” so you can be more effective in your future.
This Sunday Coach Belichick will endeavor lead the New England Patriots to a 6th world championship in during his tenure. Ask yourself . . . is he a failure now? I don’t think so.
If you enjoyed this blog and you want to learn more principles that will help you fulfill your purpose, join me this Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm in person or online for my signature conference “Prioritize for Your Purpose: Ordering Your Life to Be Extraordinary” where we teach you how to discover your purpose and then prioritize your roles, relationships, time and money to accomplish your purpose.