How To Easily Make Your Next Failure A Valuable Learning Opportunity

  • Cause us to doubt ourselves.
  • Prevent us from taking chances or risks.
  • Affect our mental and emotional states in a negative way.
  • Reduce our self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Cause us to miss new opportunities.
  1. Failure is feedback that improvement is needed. Sometimes failure simply means we weren’t as prepared as we could have been. Maybe we have to develop more skills, acquire new knowledge or learn things that will assist us in achieving the outcomes we want. Failure often indicates that things were not aligned, hence further improvement is required.
  2. Failure is an indication that you are taking action. When we are not taking action, we will not receive any feedback. It is only when we start moving in the direction of where we want to go that we’ll know whether we’re on course or we’re off course. If we want a new result, we must be willing to take new actions.
  3. Failure is a sign it is time to move on. Sometimes we are so invested or so close to something that we have “blinkers” on and cannot see things from different perspectives. As the saying goes, “You cannot see the picture if you’re in the frame.” Failure can be a sign that we’re on the wrong track and it is time to get off that track so that we can refocus on what is the right course of action for us.
  4. Failure can open up new ways of doing things. Some of the world’s greatest achievements have happened as a result of an initial failure, which meant that a new way had to be found. For example, Thomas Edison reportedly failed thousands of times in his attempt to create an incandescent light but each time he failed, his attitude was he had found another way how “not’ to create an incandescent light. By being willing to adjust our actions after every failure, we will eventually get to where we want to be.
  5. Failure can strengthen your reflection skills. While it can be tempting to “get back on the saddle” after a failed experience, a better approach is to use a failure as an opportunity to stop and review what happened, what actions did or did not work, and what could be done differently next time. Reflection is an extremely valuable skill to have because it is our opportunity to be in a quiet reflective state and receive new insights into how we can become better at what we do.

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