But we don’t, not always.
As I age, I find I’m less likely to try and achieve something new for a number of reasons, and memory of failure is one of them.
But, it’s that same memory which makes future success more likely to occur.
Here are my 5 steps to finding optimism in the face of failure.
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.
1. When You Lose You Win
The first takeaway from failure is found in unfolding the events which led to it. How did it occur? What were the early signs that things weren’t going your way?
Taking the good from the bad, when it comes to business or any other goal, involves analysing what went wrong and learning from it.
The mind is good at problem solving, and that’s what this process is all about.
In fact, according to Readers Digest Canada, failure can enhance your brain.
For a short time, there’s nothing wrong with seeking to understand failure in all its parts.
2. Another Chance To Fail
What would you change if you were faced with the same problems on a future endeavour?
What mistakes did you make last time, which you wouldn’t make again?
Could you change the key events which led up to failure, or were they out of your hands?
It’s best to be honest with yourself and acknowledge if the task was too difficult to meet in the first place.
3. Changing The Odds
What can you do, to better your chance of success next time?
Are there other resources you could invest? More time, networking, or shifting priorities?
Once you’re this deep into thoughts of trying again, it’s worth considering how you can make things easier, next time.
4. Picture Your Success
They say that those who make a success of themselves tend to believe in the power of positive affirmations. While onlookers may say that their success is due to self-belief.
If you believe something is going to occur, it makes it more likely to happen.
That maybe because it motivates you to take the actions required for it to occur, or because this universe is putty, which a trained mind can mold.
Either way, think it to achieve it.
5. I Feel Like Going On
Are you energised and ready to try again?
Don’t rush yourself. It can take time to recover from failure, but when you’re ready, go again.
Not wanting to sound like a cliche but, without the attempt, nothing can happen.
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