May 302010

How you choose to perceive the failure you face affects your ability to handle it. A negative view of failure tends to hinder you from rising above it. But a positive view of failure enables you to turn it into a stepping stone for success. Therefore, changing your view of failure from a negative to a positive one will allow you to cope better. To find out how to do so, read on.

Changing Your View of Failure

Failure is a matter of perception. Since you can change your perception, you can also change the way you choose to perceive failure. In doing so you will be able to better manage any failure you face. What follows are ways which will help you to perceive failure in a more effective manner.

1. Failure is a normal part of life. People will make mistakes that lead to failure because they are human. Failure is merely life’s way of telling you that your approach is wrong somewhere. Since you can’t avoid occasional failure, the only thing to do is to manage it well when it happens. When failure occurs, make the needed adjustments and try again. Rinse and repeat until you succeed.

2. Failure is a part of an ongoing process. It is therefore not irreversible or final. Until you choose to give up, it is too early to say if you have ultimately failed. Always remember the big picture. As long as you breathe, you will always have a chance to redeem yourself, correct your mistakes and turn your failure into another stepping stone for success.

3. Failure is subjective. Only you have the power to decide if a mistake you made is a failure or not. A mistake can become a failure or a stepping stone to success. It all depends on how you choose to view your mistake and what you choose to do about it.

4. Failure is a mistake, not a person. You are not a failure because you have made a mistake or many mistakes. If you refuse to stop growing, each failure is merely a stepping stone on your path to success. Even when you come to a point where it is not in your best interests to carry on, you can still apply the lessons of your failures to other areas of your life. This is because life is an interconnected process. All the failures you experience are there to help you succeed.

5. Failure is the foundation of success. Failure forces you to grow and to evolve to overcome the challenges you face. If you have never experienced failure in your life, you would have little reason to grow. Every successful human being has built their success upon their past failures. So when it comes to failure, it is better to embrace failure as part of the process needed to build a strong foundation for your future success.

6. Failure is the price you pay for success. Nothing in this world comes free and payment can come in many forms. You cannot hope to succeed without making mistakes. And when you do succeed, you cannot hope to hold on to your success without making more mistakes. Therefore you should not shun or avoid failure like a curse. If success is important to you, it is better to pay early and in full.

Taking Action

It is not easy to change an old habit overnight. Similarly, you may not be able to change the way you look at failure in an instant. Still, it is always good to start early in changing your perception and keep on practicing at it until it becomes second nature. Just by changing the way you perceive failure frees you from fear and inaction. Try it the next time you encounter failure; you have little to lose.

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