Failure: its effect on us and how we can turn it around

Failure is inevitable. At various points in our lives, we will inevitably fail at one thing or another and if you are not failing, you are not learning. Failure is the best form of learning. When we fail, we can either; give up or, try again. More often than not, people choose to give up as it is the easiest road, and they believe that they may not be able to succeed. Self-doubt begins to creep into our minds and fear holds us back from trying again.

What people don’t realise is that failure is a positive. I believe that failure is the key to any and all success because someone who doesn’t know how to fail won’t understand the value of consistency, patience, and hard work.

What should we do when we fail?

Understand why we failed
There is always a reason as to why we fail. It may be that you didn’t want ‘it’ enough or that you weren’t prepared for a major obstacle. Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand the reason behind the failure and how you can overcome this. Be honest with yourself about your failure. This is the point where it becomes obvious whether you want success in the area you are trying to succeed in because those who want to achieve will not allow a few hurdles to set them back whereas those who lied to themselves about wanting to be successful, will ultimately trip over the first hurdle and refuse to work to get up.

Learn from our failures
After understanding why you failed, learning from your failure is the next important aspect. Learning nothing from your failure is the only way to fail at failing. After acknowledging and learning from your failure, don’t dwell on it. Rather, move on from your mistake and take your learnings with you.

Try Again
Don’t stop trying until you get where you want to be.

Stay Consistent and Confident
Consistency and confidence in yourself will help you achieve results. These two C’s are your biggest assets in anything that you do because, unfortunately, many people lack one or the other, if not both, and having the two is a huge strength that is often overlooked.

I failed at choosing the right publishers for my first book.
As a result, I self-published my second book and am much happier this time around.
I hit multiple obstacles during my journey of publishing my second book.
Despite this, I continued and know that my next publishing journey will be easier.
I failed multiple times in my business.
As a result, I rehauled my business and found my niche.
I failed in writing my first novel.
I finished writing the novel and decided that I wanted to begin again.

I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying’– Michael Jordan

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