Failure is something everyone is scared of. The psychology of not attaining what you desire is very depressing and disheartening. Take the example of big leaders and achievers like Steve Jobs, who was fired from his own startup Apple and Nelson Mandela, who was in prison for almost 27 years fighting apartheid! Failure and success are constant in life. With every failure, you are taking a small step towards success.

11 Encouraging Ways To Overcome Failure

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Be it rejection in your love life or at work or even your continual effort to shred off those 10 pounds — failure is something we all experience in life. But what is important here is to learn from the failures and overcome them.

Discussed below are the various possibilities that persist in order to overcome failure, the logical way.

  • Be happy that you tried: So what if it did not work out! At least you gave it a shot. Be it quitting a job for a business venture or putting everything at stake for love, at least you will be happy you tried.
  • Each failure is an opportunity to improve: A failure in any field of life helps you identify your weakness. And with each failed attempt you only get better and learn from your past mistakes. As Socrates rightly said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
  • Think positive: With happy thoughts come positive energy. Positivity in your life will keep you going through the worst of times and overcoming failure is just a small part of it. So think positive and don’t let failure inject the feeling of negativity and let your self-confidence down.
  • Look at the other side: Imagine the worst case scenario that you could have landed on. In all probabilities, you are better off right now. So be grateful about what was avoided rather than get disheartened about what you did not achieve.
  • You learn to take risks: With each failure you understand your own potential and ability to take risks. This in turn only pushes you close to success and enhances your ability to strive for more.
  • You have not failed, you have found a new way: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison.Each failure shows you a newer path and mode to succeed. So think of the failure as a small detour and not really a lost road.
  • Draft a new plan: Now is the time to get to work again and start off on a new plan and a new agenda. If your old diet didn’t work, try out a new one. A divorce doesn’t imply that you will not have a successful marriage again. So with a positive outlook create a new plan for your future.
  • Set your goals: Examine each failure with a goal in mind. If you missed a promotion this year, think about how close you have come to reaching your goal. If your goal seems to big right now, break it into small targets so that you attain it slowly, but steadily. There’s no harm in taking baby steps! With a little success, the past failure is forgotten soon.
  • Give yourself a break: Sometimes, trying too hard and failing, can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Take a break, go on vacation or simply not pursue what you have been doing for a while. This will give you some time to rekindle and rejuvenate yourself conscience and conviction. As a result, you will be able to come out again as a stronger individual.
  • Turn to others: Seeking solace and guidance from others, especially family and friends is a great way to overcome failure. Encouraging words and comfort of your loved ones always gives you a confidence boost and helps you to get through the worst of times.
  • Learn to share: Don’t just keep your story to yourself, but share experiences with others. Talking of the little failures and how you overcame it will help you strive for more, but motivating others with humility and modesty, helps motivate you too.

Pain and defeat are the emotions that we immediately feel after failure. But with persistence, determination and patience, that very failure can be moulded into success. It might seem difficult at first, but you can surely give them a try!