Most people associate failure with complete defeat. I know, because I’ve failed countless times over. In fact, at one point,I almost felt like a professional failure.You know those days,weeks ,months that nothing literally is moving and everything goes haywire,yeah those days you fell a sense of total and absolute defeat.
Robert Kanaat once said “When we fail, we learn. We grow and mature, achieving new understandings and perspectives on life, love, business, money, relationships, and people. We’re forced to make new connections, bridging gaps where we hadn’t connected the dots before”
Something shifts as we grow older…I remember when I was a child we used to play with clay and if something wasn’t working we will not dwell on it ,we will move to the next item… as a matter of fact we never wasted time worrying or analyzing what went wrong: We jumped right into a new game or modeling.Now understand why Thomas was right when he said;
Go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can, because that’s where you will find success: on the far side of failure.”
– Thomas J. Watson,
Of course failure will come with it’s bundle of lessons,from experience, growth to resilience.Maybe it’s time failure should start receiving its proper recognition as a key that unlocks innovation and possibilities. Viewing our failures through a positive lens can teach us to evolve and innovate.
If handled well failure can be a stepping stone to greater things.Sadly enough, not many people see it that way. Failure in our society are shamed instead of celebrated.The best part is our mistakes have important lessons to teach us.
But how can we recover from failure and keep going?
Here are three ways you can consider today..
1) – Ignore the Naysayers
When you fail, of course there will be a class of people telling you, “I told you so,” “You should have listened to me.This reminds me of how sometimes we yell to our children the same way when they mess up .”You know those moments right!
Ignore the Naysayers…After all living a life that’s completely safe all the time, isn’t really living
2) Take responsibility
We waste alot of time trying to analyze who did what and look for a place to pass blame..At that moment its a relief but eventually it will rob you the joy of moving forward and picking up pieces.
Understand the chain of events that led to your failure and disconnect yourself from the chain if possible…take a different route if that is what will bring you peace but don’t stop either keep moving.
3) You are not the only one
Failure can make us feel isolated and lead you to think you are the only person who makes mistakes.Having successes doesn’t mean you’re great, having failures doesn’t mean you’re bad either..Take a big breath, failure happens to everyone.
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