Recovering from failure
Anyone who has ever taken a risk, tried something new, accepted a dare, or embarked on an unknown adventure has probably failed. Failure is neither futile nor fatal – unless you allow it to be. Let’s take the focus off of the fail and redirect our thinking to moving forward. It’s ok to try and fail. It’s ok to try again and to fail again. It’s not ok to beat yourself up continuously about mistakes made in the past. We are human and error is part of the fabric of our being. Here are 7 action steps to success when you experience failure.
1) Acknowledge the failure.You’ve just figured out a way NOT to do something.
2) Don’t dwellThe effort you made may not have gotten you the results you intended and may have even erupted into some unforeseen consequences, but dwelling on it will not change that outcome. Forgive yourself. Grant grace.
3) Try to identify what went wrong and where it went wrongTake the focus off of the failure itself and look deeper into why something went awry. Note this for the future so you can avoid the same missteps on the next try.
4) Conduct a SWOT analysisIt’s necessary to periodically revisit our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats so that we can strategically plan for the future.
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