KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE MAIN GOAL and larger picture is a great way to stay positive after a failure or setback. We all know and generally accept the idea of two steps forward, one step back. Taking what you can from each experience, positive or negative, and moving forward toward your main goal is the best way to stay positive.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND that no single outcome of failure is the defining moment of one’s life. Introspection and the perspective that each failure is simply a lesson on what approach doesn’t work has helped me stay positive and learn from my mistakes.
NOTHING IS A FAILURE if you’re able to learn something from it, and you can almost always learn something from any setback. Work toward a mindset that every experience is about learning something, both good and bad, and you’ll find yourself on the positive side each time.
It’s far better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. The only true failure is doing nothing–inaction puts everything at risk. When we do nothing, it means we are not moving anywhere. And that is a surefire way to stay in failure. All that is required for failure to triumph is for us to do nothing.
Mistakes are not a problem, but not taking the opportunity to learn from them is. Identify your mistakes and learn from them quickly. Many successful people have experienced some kind of failure–and they build on those lessons. Learning to fail well means learning to understand your mistakes. In every mistake there is a potential for growth.