Personal failure is something everyone experiences in life. The ability to respond to it in a positive manner will affect your future success. Remember failure is temporary. You have the power to decide if it will limit you from pursuing your goals. Keep on reading if you want to learn 5 Ways To Overcome Personal Failure so that you may live your best life each day.
1) Change Your Perspective
Disappointment is a natural emotion to experience after falling short of reaching a personal pursuit. In fact, such a response would indicate whatever you were pursuing meant a great deal to you.
Moving forward is one of the most difficult aspects of overcoming personal failure requires you to develop a different mindset. One that allows you to look at life’s challenges from a different perspective.
I view failure as a detour on my way to success. This perspective has helped me realize failure is temporary and brings with it the opportunity for personal growth. One of the techniques I’ve begun to practice after experiencing personal failure is to ask myself the following questions.
– What can I learn from this?
– Am I willing to try again?
– What are the next steps I need to take to reach the desired outcome?
As a result of answering these questions, I’ve developed the ability to approach failure with a different mindset.
2) Change the Way You Think About Failure
Not to be cliché, but mindset really is everything. It’s the foundation on which we build so many of our personal views, habits, and characteristics. When you associate negativity with failure, it limits your mental ability to “stay in the fight” as you attempt to reach your dreams and goals.
Personal failure means different things to each of us. For some it’s a failed relationship, not earning a desired grade, or coming up short for a job promotion. In order to overcome personal failure, you need to change the way you think about these experiences. One way of doing this is to practice speaking positive affirmations.
Practice saying the following things to yourself.
– “I will overcome this moment”
– “I’m stronger than this circumstance”
– “All of my goals are within my ability to achieve”
You have what it takes to turn any personal failure around as long as you maintain a positive mindset.
3) Redefine Failure
Redefining personal failure is an important step toward overcoming negative feelings associated with not reaching a personal pursuit.
After a personal failure, ask yourself the following questions.
- Is my pursuit attainable given the resources, time, and sacrifice required?
- How committed am I to this goal?
- Am I willing to pursue this goal beyond my personal failure?
Your answers to these questions will give you some insight into how significant a personal pursuit is to you. Once you have determined this, you can take actionable steps toward achieving your dreams.
4) Redirect Your Focus
Whenever I’m working towards a personal goal, I realize there are many steps required to get there. This is a great approach to take because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by external factors.
A slight shift in focus can be the remedy for those times when you feel discouraged and want to give up. Redirecting your focus towards another priority, related to your original pursuit, can provide you with motivation. Approaching a personal pursuit in smaller steps allows you to complete tasks at a gradual pace and experience daily victories.
These daily triumphs help build confidence as you work towards accomplishing harder tasks.
5) Try Again
If there’s one point I would like you to take away from this post, it’s to never give up. I know that can be easier said than done, but it’s one of the most important lessons you can learn when overcoming personal failure. Just because something doesn’t work out the first, second, or third time, doesn’t mean you should give up. After all, some of the most successful and accomplished entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers failed many times before becoming one of the best in their field.
When I experience personal failure instead of having a defeated mindset, I will tell myself “Ok you didn’t achieve this goal the first time around. That’s ok, you’ve discovered one way that doesn’t work, now get back up and try again, and again, and again.” Eventually, after falling down and getting back up, you will discover several ways you can successfully approach a dream or goal.
Like anything in life, learning how to overcome personal failure is something you become better at the more you experience it. While we may not like the feeling of failure, it teaches us many life lessons. You are capable of achieving anything you put your heart and mind to and it’s ok if it takes a little longer to get there. The moment you achieve your goals, you’ll realize every failure you experienced was preparing you for your greatest success.