Failure feels horrible. We’ve all been there. We all know just how terrible and embarrassing failure can be, especially at work.
But you can’t let your failures define you. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone overcomes them. Nothing is insurmountable. If you’re having trouble seeing past your latest blunder, read on for some advice.
Don’t panic. Everyone makes mistakes, and although it may feel like the end of the world, it isn’t. Let yourself feel sad, angry, frustrated, etc., but only for a moment. Don’t wallow in the negative feelings. Remind yourself that everything will be okay if you refocus and learn from your mistakes. Dealing with failure begins with reminding yourself that it will all be okay.
Ask for help
There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. The smartest people are those who ask questions. In most cases people are happy to help out. Admit that you made a mistake, and get the help you need. Two heads are better than one after all!
Change what you can control
Only focus on what you have the power to fix. The past is the past, you need to move on and focus on the changes you can make to fix your mistake and grow from it.
Remind yourself that you failed because you were challenging yourself
Failing means that you were trying to grow. Not everyone gets it right on the first go. You were brave, you took risks, and yes, you miscalculated. But at least you were challenging yourself and forging ahead. Don’t lose sight of your motivation in the face of failure!
What you tried didn’t work. Even though you worked really hard and were in love with your ideas, they weren’t the right choice. You need to be able to see that and think of other solutions.
Recognize where you went wrong
Identify the points where you went wrong so that you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Being able to pinpoint the things that went wrong will bring you closer to accepting failure, and therefore make it easier for you to move on.
Learn from it
Every failure, every mistake, is a learning opportunity. You should be grateful for it! It means you’re making moves. Now that you have this failure under your belt you can forge ahead and be better from it.
Remember the other challenges you’ve overcome
This likely isn’t the first time you’ve failed. You bounced back last time, you’ll bounce back this time too. Draw strength from your past accomplishments, and yes, your past failures. Just think, this current failure will eventually become a point of growth that you can look back on.
Set new goals
Don’t give up! Refocus and make new plans that fix your mistakes and still work toward your original goals. You failed, but that doesn’t make you a “failure.” Don’t lose sight of your original motivation. Remember why you were working so hard in the first place! Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from striving for success. Hold onto your goals and keep working.
Failing sucks. But it’s something that will happen to all of us, and it’ll happen often. The key to not getting discouraged is to shift your perspective.
Instead of looking at failure as something that tears you down, look at it as an opportunity for growth. Learn from your mistakes, refocus your goals, and move on. You’ll be better for it, we promise.
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