How to Use Failure to your Advantage
Failure. It’s something we’ve all dealt with and it’s an unfortunate, inevitable part of life. At times, it can be a constant dark cloud looming over us, making certain situations feel like life or death.
Think back to the last time you experienced significant failure. How did you handle it? Were you expecting it? Did you dwell on it? Did you fear it?
Often times, our fear of failing is more detrimental than failure itself. We let it eat away at us and consume every aspect of our lives. Instead of dwelling on the “what if” and trying to dodge failure, focus on your desired dreams and goals instead.
But how exactly does one accomplish this? How do we actually use our failures to our advantage?
1. Take Responsibility
This is one of the most important lessons in regards to failure. Don’t just ignore your mistake and hope no one notices. Admit your mistakes. If someone recognizes your failure and discovers you tried to cover it up, chances are their opinion of you will decrease drastically.
Don’t make excuses for your failure. We all screw up from time to time, so don’t be ashamed! Own it and hold yourself accountable!
In a similar sense, figure out a way to fix the issue at hand. What steps can you take right now to help? Don’t let someone else take responsibility for your failure.
2. Don’t Repeat History
It’s like the old saying goes, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” In terms of failure, don’t let the same mistake happen again. Create a prevention plan. To do so, reevaluate your current situation. Where did things go wrong? What was the source? What steps could you have taken to prevent the failure from happening?
3. Get Back to Work
Two words: Move. On.
After learning from your mistakes, it’s only fitting to apply those lessons to your future plans. How can you do so if you don’t get back in the saddle!? Don’t allow failure to be a roadblock any longer. Take action and try your hand at things again.
After all, how are you going to learn if you don’t keep trying and practicing?
4. Keep Perspective and Positive
It seems obvious, but research shows most people fail to deal with failure successfully because they blame it on components they can’t control. For example, when you fail, do you blame it on your laziness or on something you actually have power over?
Failure is about perspective. Instead of placing the blame on someone or something, take responsibility and view it as an opportunity for growth. How are you ever going to improve and get better at your work if you don’t learn from your mistakes?
Perhaps failure isn’t so bad after all. It’s simply an opportunity for us to learn, grow and better ourselves.