Earlier this week I talked about the benefits of failure. Today I want to share 4 ways to bounce back from failure. When we fail at something it’s easy to want to quit or burrow in our bed and never come back out. While that may work for a little bit, there are some other things we can do to bounce back and try again.
#1 Embrace your feelings
When failure happens, it’s hard and we don’t feel great about it and that’s OK. Embrace the feelings you have but don’t live there. Give yourself time to go through those feelings of hurt, loss, sadness or whatever else you may be feeling. Give yourself time and grace to feel what you feel.
#2 Take a break
Before you move forward and try again, give yourself a little break. Go do something fun or hang out with friends. Give yourself some time to clear your head. Often when we do this, we’re able to gain a fresh look at what we want to do and spark a new way to approach it so that when we try again it’s with a new perspective.
#3 Look for lessons
In the post earlier this week, one of the the key benefit to failure is the lessons we can learn. Before you try again, take some time and look at the lessons you’ve learned from this experience and use those lessons to help you when you try again.
#4 Start Small and Move Slow
When you’re ready to try again, start small and move slow. Often when we get back up and try again, we may have the desire to move fast because we may feel we’re now behind schedule. Don’t worry about that. Move at your own pace. There’s no rush to finish. Sometimes failure can happen to get us to slow down and take our time instead of push through at a record pace. Give yourself room to start over and move at your own pace. Don’t worry about timelines or schedules, you’re going to get where you want to be right on time.
One thing to remember is that failure is not final. While failing at something you want to do is hard you can bounce back. Embrace the lessons learned and I hope these tips can help you when/if you do encounter failure so you can try again and discover a new path to success.
What do you do to help yourself bounce back from failure? Leave your tips in the comment!