Failure is a normal part of life. A big one! If we never failed we would never see ourselves grow, either. It’s hard to see it at the moment, but every failure is just another stepping stone to success.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, or feel ashamed of your failure. While your instinct may be to run and hide from it, facing it head-on will prove much more useful. Here are our 3 best ways to turn your failure at work into a positive and feel better about the situation! The sooner you move past it, the sooner you can go back to winning.
You Are More Than Your Mistakes
When you’ve made a big accident or mistake, it’s easy to wallow in your pain or feel upset. But you are more than your failures or mistakes in life, and it’s not about what happens to you that really counts – it is how you react to it that defines who you are.
Don’t be hard on yourself or use disparaging language. The more you call yourself dumb or wrong, the more you’re going to feel like that is true. These mistakes you are making now will only help you grow in the future, and if you dwell on them you will never move past.
Face them head-on. See what you did wrong. Vow to not make the same mistake twice. Then let it go. That’s all you can do.
Not a Problem, an Opportunity
Stop looking at your failures or mistakes as a problem, when they are really an opportunity for you to grow and succeed.
Every failure that you see is an opportunity for growth and change. Just because this time something didn’t work out, doesn’t mean it never will. It means you need to develop a new approach or outlook to make it successful.
If you let your language dictate the way you handle problems, you’re going to keep coming up with failures. The most successful people have all failed at one point in their lives (Just look at the Zune from Microsoft…). Seeing your failure as an opportunity for new is what will set you apart.
Fear of Failure Will Stop you Dead
Being scared of failing is natural. It’s normal! Everyone feels this way at some point in their lives. But you cannot leat the fear of failure stop you from trying.
Once that happens, you are dead in the water. There’s no more. It’s okay to feel that feeling. Let it flow through you and understand what failure is going to mean going forward, especially coming off of a big loss. But then you need to push through and do it anyway.
If you let your fear dictate your life, you will never accomplish anything. The only way to make progress is to feel that fear and do the thing despite it.