Overcoming failure

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill


Nobody likes to fail but failure is a part of success and so everyone experiences failure at some point of their lives. Though many people are able to define failure, the people who truly understand it are the ones who have felt and experienced it.


If everyone experiences it, how do people overcome failure and still reach the full potential of their success?


Failing in itself doesn’t make one a failure but what how one copes with failing is what makes them a failure. Most people are easily derailed by failure and can easily lose sight or focus on the future. The first step in overcoming failure is to not indulge oneself in the feelings of self blame for a prolonged period of time. It is natural to experience hurt and disappointment but one must will themselves  to stop feeling sad, useless and disappointed. Instead, focus on accepting that you have failed on this attempt and in trying to reconcile and forgive yourself.


Sometimes people fail but they have no idea how they got to where they are. The key action at this point is to retrace your actions leading to the specific event or time of failure. Things always seem clearer upon reflection and you can notice your own behavior and actions that are detrimental to your success. Knowing your weaknesses is the greatest tools in guaranteeing success when you decide to try again.


Naturally, the situations where failure occurs are different but if possible, attempt again what you have failed, making a conscious effort to improve on the weak points you had noted. True defeat only occurs when you accept to be defeated.


My final piece of advice is that failure is an occurrence or event, it is not a constant state of existence and it does not define you. Failure enables you to stop, look back, reflect, perfect your actions and re-launch yourself towards your goal.

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