Reflect on Failure
Own your mistakes
Accept that learning is a product of failure
Be honest with yourself. What happened? Where did you go wrong and why? Learn from your failure in order to avoid an even bigger problem: repeating the same mistake.
Here are three powerful questions to ask in the wake of a failure:
What lessons did I learn from this situation?
What are three positive outcomes of this situation?
How has this experience allowed me to grow as a person?
This exercise will help you see new opportunities that will arise from this defeat
In this issue: Rebounding from Failure
We here at the DML Dept find that December is the best time to start looking back on the year and to begin charting a plan to make next year your best year. In this edition of the Friday 5, we are looking at 5 ways to use Epic Fails to help you propel!
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Embrace your mistakes. Don’t try to hide them. Remember that mistakes are fundamentally part of the learning process. There are many lessons to be learned from taking risks. Perhaps that scenic route you took in lieu of your typically commute to work wasn't discovered purposefully.
Some degree of failure is inevitable every time we step outside our comfort zone -- and some of the greatest accomplishments of Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Jobs were all born as products of their own failures. What sets them apart is how they channeled that failure into something positive.
If you’ve been honest about your misstep and learned from the experience, it’s still critically important to take ownership of the situation.
Taking responsibility for your mistake is key to showing others (perhaps your students) that you are an accountable individual who lives with integrity. It might seem counter-intuitive, but putting your mistake front and center will help restore others’ confidence in you. In turn, this will enable you to regain support as you try again.
Redefine what constitutes failure
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The most important step and the biggest test to see if you can rebound from your failure is getting up and try again. Ask yourself:
What can I do differently?
What future obstacles can I predict and overcome?
Deal with your mistake head on, and then advance to Round 2. Start your next project, your next task, or your next adventure with a more insightful outlook. Remember your hard-learned lessons as you keep moving forward, and you’ll emerge stronger and more resilient than before.
This Friday 5 was adapted from an article published by Entreprenuer Magazine written by Deep Patel
Get up and try again
Reframe your failure and redefine your objectives. It could be this is a much-needed opportunity to shift your goals or consider if there are other approaches. You might find yourself on a new and more exciting trajectory.
Re-approach a negative outlook by considering how this failure is part of a bigger life lesson or a valuable experience you couldn’t have gained otherwise.
It certainly worked for Noah McVicker, the inventor of Play Doh.