Changing Your Mindset About Failure


“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar

When you fail on a math test, do you just cry over it? When you fail a job interview, do you just mope over it? No, right? You wipe your tears and say, “I’ll study hard next time.” You wipe your tears and say, “I’ll be hired next time.” That’s what failing does – motivating you to do better next time.

Unfortunately, most people think failure happens because they’re really meant to fail. Because they’re really meant to stay that way. Because they’re really meant to live that way.

You need to change your mindset about failure.

Here are some ways:

Know the difference between dreams and goals.

Dreams are thoughts that can be called successful even if they’re not acted upon. Goals, on another hand, are thoughts that can only be called successful when they’re acted upon. That’s why, you should know the difference between dreams and goals.

Always remember, there’s no one way of doing something.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Moreover, what seems to work with others may not work for you. Likewise, what seems to work with you may not work for others.

Accept that failure’s inevitable.

Every one of us fails at some point in life – inevitable, can’t be prevented and can’t be avoided. However, you can always decide on how to react. Accepting that failure’s inevitable will help you do that and more, even stopping yourself from getting too disappointed.

Always remember, life is a wheel.

As Stephen King said, “Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always comes around to where you started again.” No matter what happens, things will always go back to the way it was. If you were successful yesterday, but you failed today – trust yourself enough. You will be successful tomorrow.