A new year is among us and that means people are motivated and focused on their goals and resolutions.
While a lot of magic surrounds this time of year because people are trying to better themselves and achieve more success, failure is going to arise. After all, a study showed that only 9.2 percent of people achieve their resolutions.
That, believe it or not, is OK. People fail all the time but the important thing is not that they failed—it’s having the ability to bounce back. In the spirit of that thinking and with resolutions and goals in the air, here’s how to make the most out of failure.
Reflect on what went wrong
If you want to bounce back from a failure, then you have to figure out what went wrong and why, whether your job revolves around surf lessons in Waikiki or remote work around the world.
The reflection process should be taking place all year long, not just around the first of the year. Take some time to analyze the data and review your strategies to figure out what went wrong. If you don’t take time for this step, then you will, more likely than not, continue to make the same mistakes and see the same results because you’re not changing your process.
Failure is good for success and an essential ingredient to growth as long as you’re learning from it.
Learn from your mistakes and create a new plan
You have to learn from your mistakes and create a new plan. Without a new plan, you won’t take new actions and, like stated above, the same results will arise. You will continue to fail. You can’t expect different results from the same efforts.
A new plan will help you see different results because you’re incorporating different strategies or methods. If these new strategies and methods don’t lead to the results you desire, then start the reflecting process again and create a new plan.
The more you tinker with your plan and eliminate what’s not working, the more likely it is that you will achieve success.
This is one of the most crucial ingredients when it comes to bouncing back from a failure. If you dwell on the past and the mistakes you’ve made, then you will never be able to forgive yourself. You won’t be able to move forward with a clear mind.
You can’t give your new plan everything you have if you’re constantly focusing on the old plan and previous failure. Negative thinking will crush your success and will lead to you focusing on a failure longer than you should. It will linger and have a negative impact. While you need to reflect on the mistakes you’ve made so you don’t make them again, once you have done that and created a new plan, you have to let bygones be bygones so you can put your full attention on achieving a goal again.
That’s the case whether you’re studying to become a pediatric dentist, lawyer, writer, or whatever profession it might be.
If you want to make the most out of failure, then you need to take some time to reflect on what went wrong, learn from your mistakes, create a new plan, and forgive yourself. The final step is putting it all together, focusing on the positives, and bouncing back by taking action.
Everyone fails, but the people who achieve the most success tend to learn from their failures, not make the same mistakes, and then approach the task or goal with a different attack.