• Stop thinking of a perceived failure as inherently negative. This can help you feel invigorated, rather than discouraged, when things don’t go your way.
  • Redefine what failure means to you. If you define failure as the discrepancy between what you hope to achieve (such as getting an award) and what you might achieve (learning from the experience), you can focus on what you learned, enabling you to refocus and recalibrate for future challenges.
  • Learn from your failures and mistakes–Take stock and adapt. Look at the failure analytically – (an attitude of curiosity helps.)  Avoid feelings of anger, frustration, blame or regret.
  • Stop obsessing. Constantly revisiting your mistakes and failures will not change the outcome.
  • Don’t take failure personally; and realize ultimately you don’t need the approval of others to define what is success or failure.
  • Try a fresh, new point of view.
  • Always remember, failure happens to everyone at some point in time.  How you respond to failure determines the ultimate outcome.


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