We all deal with failure at some point in time. Some of us dwell in it and never really let go and other of us learn from the situation and improve. My thought on failure? ” I have never failed, I just found 1000’s ways that don’t work”.
1. Don’t play the Victim.. Oh “woe is me” is not the route to go when conquering failure and in all honesty playing the victim role will only get you so far in life. Take ownership of your failures and don’t, I repeat, DO NOT place the blame on someone else. You are in charge of your actions and your reactions to any given situation not someone else. I never want my coach to feel like he has failed me. Especially when I know he is providing me with all the tools he has to make me great. One way I show gratitude is by acknowledging to him that I am in control of my outcome, good or bad....Acknowledging the negative, recognizing the positive and then move forward... Click To Tweet
2. Change your outlook: ” I have never failed, I just found 1000’s ways that don’t work”. Here is that quote again!! Take the positives out of every negative situation. What did you learn from that situation? What can you do to ensure that, that result doesn’t occur again? How could you have gone about the situation differently? There’s so many positive things you can learn from failing. Why worry about the negative? One of the things my coach and I would do when watching video of my races is acknowledging the things I am not executing , or failing at, during runs but also highlight the positives that are occurring. It’s frustrating as an athlete to compete in a race and know there are so many things you could have done right to run a faster time or win the race. For me that is the worst feeling in the world. Knowing I could have ran a better race. One of the things I do after running a “bad” race is talk it out with my coach, what I did wrong, what I did right and what I learned from that experience. So acknowledging the negative, recognizing the positive and moving forward. Of course there are various levels of failing and this is only one way to show how to turn a “negative” situation into a positive.What's the point in dwelling on something you can't change? Click To Tweet
3. Keep it Pushin’ or in other words move on. What’s the point in dwelling on something you can’t change? It’s useless to waste energy and time on a circumstance that has past. Learn from the results and don’t repeat the same mistake. Or make the necessary adjustments so that, that behavior or result does not repeat itself. Forward thinking is crucial to self improvement and a healthy state of mind.