One of the biggest tests of our leadership, humility, vulnerability, and growth mindset is the ability to embrace failure and mistakes in not only ourselves but our teams in order to innovate, grow and succeed.
I personally love the phrase "Investing in loss" originated from Martial Arts like Tai Chi, it has various definitions but I interpret this phrase as the willingness to accept setbacks and losses as a means to learn, progress, and achieve excellence in our respective fields, it really is where the magic can happen!
It is one of the reasons why love Martial Arts such MMA, BJJ, Karate and Taekwondo so much is that they are so valuable tools that allow particpants to fail, often, in a safe environment, learning the importance of humilty and failure and developing strategies to overcome it.
What are 4 great ways to best help us best Invest in our Loss…
1) The Power of Humility: Embracing Vulnerability for Growth
Investing in loss begins with acknowledging our own personal limitations and being open to vulnerability. Discovering the transformative power of humility and how it paves the way for personal and professional growth I believe is the major catalyst for excellence and success.
2) Stepping Outside our Comfort Zones: Expanding Boundaries for Breakthroughs
To invest in loss, we must be willing to venture beyond our comfort zones and embrace discomfort. Explore strategies to overcome the fear of failure and navigating uncharted territory is a key component across most successful teams or individuals. Maybe take up a Martial arts as a first step...
3) Don't be the best in the room.
The best athletes provide a prime example of investing in loss by seeking out superior opponents to train with. Discover how training and learning with those who outshine us can propel personal growth and foster resilience. The most valuable lessons occur this way.
4)Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Embracing Mistakes as Stepping Stones
A growth mindset is another key foundation for investing in loss. Explore the concepts around reframing failures and mistakes as valuable learning opportunities. Learn techniques to nurture a mindset that embraces challenges and learn to persist in the face of setbacks as this is how you will ultimately thrive.
Investing in loss truly requires us to let go of ego, embrace vulnerability, and adopt a growth mindset. Through this we can then unlock new levels of success and personal growth.