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How to learn from your mistakes

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill.

What is the importance of failure in life? Failure is not a bad thing in itself, fact it’s a normal part of the learning process but also it is something that we don’t like to talk about, but if you brave the storm and walk the path, you will never regret it.

How can you use failure productively?

1. Use failure as leverage: failure teaches you that a certain approach may not be ideal for a specific situation but there may be better approaches to consider, it makes us rethink, reconsider, and find new ways and strategies to achieve our goals.

2. Put your ego aside, it wants to be right but we need the learn and listen to other people if we want to see what needs to change in order to succeed, also you will free yourself from all the judgments and pressures that you impose on yourself.

3. Stop fearing it: having a no-fear attitude and embrace failure will maximize your motivation, determination, and perseverance.

4. Boost your mood and get back up again: create an action plan: take your goals and lay out a plan as to how you’re going to achieve them.

5. Accept that failure is part of life and it is inevitable every time we step outside our comfort zone, you will fail sometimes, and that’s okay. The faster you accept this, the faster you can get.

6. Taking responsibility for your mistake is key to showing others you are an accountable individual who lives with integrity and this will enable you to regain support as you try again.

Be constructive and learn from this situation ask to yourself powerful questions like:

  • What lessons did I learn from this situation?

  • How can I adjust my course to avoid this trap/making the same mistake and likely do better next time?

  • What’s one thing I can differently the next time?

This exercise will help you see new opportunities that will arise from this defeat.

The most important lesson in all of mistake making is to trust that while mistakes are inevitable, if you can learn from the current one, you’ll also be able to learn from future ones. Each time you fail, your fear of failure diminishes and this allows you to take on even bigger challenges, you have the ability to turn around and head in a new direction.

Remember: no matter how often you fail, you are not a failure as long as you don’t give up.

What did you learn from your failures?

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