3 Ways to use Failure

3 Ways to use Failure

By definition, failure is a “lack of success” or “the state or action of not functioning.” History has shown that the greatest accomplishments performed by mankind have included the greatest number of failures. From sports to technology to medicine and entertainment, those people who society consider successful first had to lose a few times or not be chosen as a winner many times. If you find yourself being on the losing end of the game time after time, you may just be in good company. But in the meantime, here are three tips you can use to help you use your failures to your advantage.

1 Accept the failure.

Failure is in the eye of the beholder. You get to decide what failure is to you. When things do not go your way or when they do not go as you plan, it is not your job to ignore reality. You must first admit to yourself that things did not work out and you must admit your role in the demise of your plans. Failure is all about taking personal responsibility for your outcome so you can learn from your loss and position yourself to try again and win.

2 Be honest with yourself.

Don’t point your finger at the next person. In this thing called life, you are in control of what you do and how you react to life’s circumstances. When the people around you aid in suffocating your clarity of mind, you must be mindful of this and place yourself around those who cause you to stretch and be challenged as a person on a mission. In every situation be it good or bad, there is always room for improvement. Do a self-assessment. Ask yourself what you could have done better to get a different outcome.

3 Try again.

The more you try, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect is not just a cliché, it’s a thought that you can bring from concept to fruition. If you want a different outcome, you have to try a different process. And sometimes that means solving the same problem ten different ways just so you can figure out the best way. There is nothing wrong with repeating processes so that you can garner better results. Failure is only failure when you forsake trying and you quit. Quitters never win and winners never quit.

Remember that failure is not who you are. Failure is not how you are defined. Your response to failure is what defines who you are. Don’t allow failure to cause stagnation and contentment in your life. You can fail to day and win tomorrow…if you keep trying.

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