Empowering Questions to Ask When You Feel You’ve Failed

This week’s Marketing & Mindset Video Tip is about what are some of the questions you can ask yourself when you feel you’ve failed something.

We’ve all gone through this at some point in time – when we went through a process and didn’t get the desired result that we wanted or expected.

Something went wrong …

And I think it’s a disservice to ourselves when we don’t take the time to reflect back on what went right and what went wrong – so that we can do things differently the next time around. That is what growth is all about, is it not?

Over the course of time, I’ve come to create a habit of asking myself specific questions after every new process, venture, program, client interaction, etc., I take on, to see how I can continue to improve my desired results.

Here are the questions I’ve used:

  1. Why did this happen? Why did I get this particular result? For example, did I not promote enough?
  2. What could I have done differently?
  3. How can I do it better next time? This is about determining what did go right – and improving upon on it.
  4. What changes (if any) should I make in my strategies?
  5. What can I do to improve my planning and preparation?

Video Overview:


What questions, if any, do you ask yourself that allows you to improve your performance and overall desired results?


  1. Hey Michele,

    I have wanted to do this, but I have never fully done it (I have thought about this…but not particularly asked the specific questions, especially about what I can do next time).

    I think I need to do this right now. I haven’t been able to get the expected results with my blog (especially with marketing).

    Right now, my main reason for this is not investing enough effort into marketing. I think I am spending too much time commenting and too little on general marketing, on promoting my blog posts.

    Anyways, I am going to go into reflection mode right now. I still have a lot of saved tabs, for commenting…but, I will save it for later.

    Thank you for the awesome share, Michele :)

    1. Hi Jeevan,

      Rule of thumb : spend less time on your skills and more of your approach.

      Without knowing what your ultimate intention is with your website – that is, what do you want people to do when they get to it – I can guess that if you are getting traffic and engagement yet still not getting the results you want, your approach is off.

      Sometimes we think we should be doing one thing when really we should be doing another. 😉


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