July 3

The Key Reasons Why We Fail at Work and In Life


Have you ever failed at something?

Did you stop and take some time to evaluate why you failed?

I want to talk about why we fail at work. I believe we fail because we get cocky when we believe we no longer need our practice to move our skill levels into the realm of competence. Sometimes we let our guard down and failure introduces itself to us.

It is a common belief that failure is something that happens to us. No! Failure is always there waiting for those who do nothing. Did you notice that doing nothing is equivalent to failing? Yes, failure is always waiting for us to let it be.

We fail when think we got it, we have arrived, or we no longer need to practice, pay attention, or watch our spending, count calories, or go to the gym three times per week. Failure is something we welcome with our mindset, actions, and attitudes.

I must clarify that failure is not a “bad thing”, sometimes, failure can be the best thing that happened to you. It may open new opportunities, ideas, and growth for you and those you influence.

Failure can allow you to change course, it is not always about failing it may very well be about winning better or growing.

My client was terribly upset that she could not make it work in this new job. She thought this was a good safe place for her to work, but the team was toxic, exclusive, and unyielding. They knew how to cover their tracks. She was up against a tough group of number crunchers.

She was beside herself and became ill because of the situation. It turned out that she just was not cut out for that suppressive atmosphere. She needed to be in a place where she could breathe.

Failing at engaging and bonding with this group was just what she needed to realize this environment was not good for her.

What about you? Where did you fail at work this week? Did you get passed up for the promotion?

Are you facing the end of another week without a job offer?

No matter what the failure, it hurts to not be successful at the things we want, and especially for the ones we worked really hard for.

Remember, failure is not the end, it may be the beginning of something great, wonderful, surprising, and fulfilling.

Keep your chin up and your eyes open to see where this failure will lead you.


To Your Wellness

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Joyce Odidison is President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 24 years, and Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit. She is also Coach Training Director and Founder of Coach Velocity School of Coaching, the first black-owned coaching school approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Joyce is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on Interpersonal Wellness Competency Mindset teaching and coaching. She is Host of the and What’s Happening at Work podcast and LinkedIn Newsletter. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert, author, and corporate trainer, who works with government, private sector, non-profits, and post-secondary institutions struggling with difficult work relationships or stressful situations. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com

About the author

Joyce Odidison is President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., founder of the Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and a sought-after international keynote speaker who draws on decades of expertise as a Conflict Analyst, Master Certified Coach, DEI Consultant, and Well-being expert. Joyce shares her compelling research and practice on the Well-being Intelligence Competencies™ providing tools and insights to address the escalating psychological safety, mental health, and wellness challenges that leaders grapple with today.

Joyce believes that all relationships and interactions affect well-being, so we must apply intelligence to refuel and foster resilience and performance. Joyce is host of What’s Happening at Work podcast, where she shares practical strategies about how what’s going on at work any day of the week affects well-being. She is the author of six books, a former college and university instructor, and a regular TV expert who has been featured in news media globally.


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