It’s so satisfying and so much fun to talk to others about successes you may have had and terrifying to think that others know about your failures. It stings and zaps your self-esteem.
But you can turn your failures into stepping stones to success stories. Every failure teaches you something you can use for future success – even though your instinct may be to think of it as shame and humiliation – especially in business.
If you can transform a failure into a valuable piece of information you can use it as a tool for success. Be aware of how you talk to yourself. Self-talk after a failure can severely damage your self-esteem and make you feel like you’ll never be a success.
It’s normal to feel the hurt for awhile, but analyze that failure and think about how you can turn it around. Stay focused on your success. You’ve set goals and taken some action – now turn to them rather than focusing and drowning yourself in a failure you just experienced.
Nothing helps put failure behind you like taking action. Be consistent about moving forward. Failures are inevitable as we climb the ladder to success, but unless you get up off the floor and begin to move again, you’ll never learn from your mistakes and more importantly – will never realize success.
Experiencing burnout can come from experiencing failure. You may need to take a break and gather your thoughts, revamp your goals and plans for the future and simply get away from whatever you’ve devoted yourself to for the past months or years.
Taking time out may mean a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit, or reconnecting with loved ones you’ve neglected because you were too busy and involved in your plans for the future.
You don’t have to abandon those plans. Just give it a rest for awhile and think about other things. A change of scenery and some new thought processes might give you some new ideas about how you want to revamp your plans.
When you’re ready to take another leap in the success pool, you’ll enjoy the opportunity for a new beginning. Starting over doesn’t have to be disappointing or thought of as a failure.
Make it an adventure and see it as an opportunity rather than a setback. You’ll be armed with new thinking and new ways of doing things. You surely won’t make the same mistakes again because you’ve learned from them.
Think about the great story you’ll be able to tell others about how you turned failure into success with determination and learning from your mistakes. When you take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, you’ll be making a tremendous leap to the success you desire and turn them to your advantage. Every failure offers you an opportunity for success.