“Successful” people fail a whole lot more than they succeed. In fact, many claim that failure is necessary for success – Thomas Edison, anyone. In the past three days alone, I’ve failed to rectify a broken relationship, I’ve been called out by a good friend for my actions, and I was too aggressive and vocal in an important conversation that should have been much more collaborative.
Like you, I hate when I blow it. When I experience those failures, I really just want to crawl into a hole and disengage from society. Such a move, however, would be unhealthy emotionally, and completely unproductive.
So, how do you move beyond failure and not be defined by it? Below are a few tips to consider.
These tips helped me get over my recent failures. Being defined by my values and my purpose instead of my failure helped me get back up after I had been knocked down, emotionally. Admitting my mistakes helped bring closure to my failure. After all, what more was there to say – it had all been said. Only then could I move forward. Because of my failure, I found myself adopting a new resolve and new energy to be better the next time. But even in my failure, I was thankful for learning something, being alive in the daily battles, and being tested – because those battles and tests are the things that ignite new growth.
Everyone fails. But the most extraordinary people accept their failure and grow stronger out of it. And because of it, they experience newer and greater triumphs. How you have handled failure in the past?