Everyone faces setbacks in life, but few of us should really call ourselves “losers.” Part of success is dealing with, and ultimately overcoming, failure. Keep your confidence and follow this advice:
- Change your perspective. Don’t think of every unsuccessful attempt as a failure. Few people succeed at everything the first time; most of us attain our goals only through repeated effort. Take the negativity out of failure by viewing it as a learning experience. Do your best to learn everything you can about what happened and why.
- Try new approaches. Persistence is important, but repeating the same actions over and over again hoping that this time you’ll succeed probably won’t get you any closer to your objective. Look at your previous unsuccessful efforts and decide what to change. Keep making adjustments, using your experience as a guide.
- Analyze the situation. Define your problem. Determine a strategy for handling it. Consider the obstacles you might face. If money is the issue, should your focus be on increasing revenue, cutting expenses, or some other option? Think about what you want to accomplish.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. You may have an idealized vision of what success will look and feel like. Though that can be motivational, it may not be realistic. Succeeding at one goal won’t eliminate all your problems. Be clear on what will satisfy your objectives, and don’t obsess about superficial details.
- Don’t quit. You may have failed, but you’re not a failure until you stop trying. Think of yourself as someone still striving toward a goal. You’ll be better able to maintain your patience and perseverance when you do.