Finding the positives in your failures
Measurable success seems to be everything in today's professional sphere, but it's often through failing that we learn the most important lessons.If things aren't quite going your way right now, we're here to shed some perspective on things and help you find the positives in your failures.
Everything's subjectiveJust because you didn't reach your original goal, it doesn't make you a failure. Failing is a matter of opinion and recognising what you HAVE achieved is sometimes worth more than explicit success. If you define success as a final goal and not the culmination of a process, you'll never grow beyond a job title and will eventually be overtaken by the ones who needed a bigger run up to make the final hurdle.
Learn from your mistakesNow I know it's the ultimate cliche, but you really should be looking to learn from your mistakes if failure is constantly slapping you in the face like a Monty Python pilchard. Nobody wants to shine the spotlight on their shortcomings but only by identifying the causes of those failures can we ensure that we don't relive them. Failure gives us space to re-evaluate our position and ensure that we go on to be successful in the future.
Failure puts things into perspectiveFailure is a great value changer and helps us realise what really is important to us. If you find you weren't too downhearted about being overlooked for that promotion, then perhaps it didn't matter to you that much in the first place. You may even find that getting that promotion could lead to more stress, longer hours and less time with family. Would you still consider this a success?
You can't appreciate the highs without the lowsNothing enables you to appreciate the victories in life more than having experienced those crushing defeats. It might be little consolation as you're opening another rejection email, but progress will feel all the more sweeter knowing the challenges you've faced to get there. Conversely, these lows will allow you to keep your success in perspective and prepare you for the next inevitable (sorry) disappointment.
Failing is part of the processAs we toil away at the bottom of the ladder, it's easy to think that the inherently successful must have been born under a shooting star whilst clutching a four leaf clover and wearing horseshoe stilettos. Well some, maybe, but the majority of successful people failed hundreds of times before getting to the top. Failing is just part of the process and will best shape your plans for eventually getting to where you want to be.
As Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."