How to Cope With Failure
Failure is just a part of life, but it can be difficult to embrace. It is more fun to succeed at something new than to fail. On the other hand, failure brings us more growth than success. Here are some easy ways to better handle failure.
– Failure is a learning opportunity
If you never fail, you never have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Learning how to stand up after you have been knocked down is a crucial lesson in life. Try looking at failure as an inevitability made to help you in life.
– Everybody fails
Nobody is immune to failure. Even the people you look up to the most have failed. Professional dancers do not get to their level without stumbling once in a while. The common quote “practice makes perfect” is not entirely accurate. Nobody will ever be perfect. However, if you continue practicing you will make progress and fail less frequently.
– Keep track of your accomplishments
You are not a failure because you fail at something. Trying something new is brave because you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Do not put yourself down for being human. Keep track of everything you have accomplished for those moments where you begin to doubt yourself. You are capable of more than you think.
– You can’t go back in time
The past will always be behind us. If you tripped over a stick, you cannot go back in time to move it. All you can do is stand back up and pay closer attention to your surroundings in the future. Getting stuck on past failures will only hold you back. Embrace it and use it for the future.
– You can try again
If you want to do a backflip but you lost your balance on your first attempt, it is not the end of the world. You are allowed to try again and again. It is important to take that unnecessary pressure off of your shoulders.