“Failing is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey
Contrary to popular belief, failing does not equal a fatal ending. Failing is actually an opportunity to regroup, rethink, and find a new angle or path to solve the problem. It’s easy to feel awful when failure strikes, and it’s easy to give up too. But success isn’t always easy. So, a better way to think about failure is to see it as an opportunity rather than a step back. But it all comes down to mindset. Here is my secret recipe to help you reorganize your thoughts and reshape what failure means to you!
Dealing with Failure: Reshape Your Mindset
1.) Embrace Humility
Humility is one of the most important traits we can adopt as human beings. When something goes wrong, or failure occurs, the ego can get damaged. If you can integrate humility, then you are able to lean into failure rather than view it as a check to your ego. Embrace humility, and in turn, you will better understand yourself and your skills. Just for clarity and reassurance, this does not mean ‘think of yourself as less,’ but instead, release yourself from the pressure of needing to be perfect. And, with this understanding, you can disconnect your pride from things that really don’t define you.
Identify the reason why you failed and how you may be able to adjust your approach for another attempt. A conscious review of your failure serves so much value because you are able to highlight the key areas you need to course-correct. Re-evaluation teaches you how to double and triple check your work; a strong skill set to have! Sometimes this can be done with the help of a peer or mentor, too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it most!
When you have done your best and you’ve reached the end of your rope — only you can determine when it’s time to move on. I know, I know, it can be the most difficult thing to do. *I’ve been there.* But guess what? Just because this one event in your life is over, does not mean your LIFE is over. It simply means that your calling is telling you to make a change and close this door, for now. Gather yourself at this moment and accept that it is time to pivot. Your future self will thank you later!
Failure Does Not Mean It’s Over!
Next time you confront failure, remember these tips to help you move forward in a positive way. You carry the strength to be able to shift your mindset and change how you view failure in your life. I’m here to help you in times of discomfort and encourage you along the way! Failure is not the end, but a beautiful opportunity.