Failure is a part of life. Each of us fail at something each day. It could be something as simple as not getting out of bed on time, or a complicated as failing to do a report for work. Whatever the case is, failure is always right around the corner. The question that presents itself then is this - how can you succeed in a world in which you are always failing?
The answer is not as complicated as you may think.
Whenever you start on a new journey, remember this: you are going to fail. In baseball, failing 70% of the time will put in you in the Hall of Fame. In politics, Presidents Obama, Clinton, and George W. Bush each lost their first race when running for U.S. Congress. Even the "unbeatable" Usain Bolt has lost races in between Olympic Games.
What makes these people unique is that they understand failure is always present, however their ability to be resilient and stay committed to their long term goal(s) keeps them motivated and moving in the right direction.
That is why where others may only dream, they succeed.
Here are three ways to take failure and turn it into success:
First, come to grips with the fact that failure is a part of life
If you are going to do anything, you need to know, chances are, you are going to fail. You may be the most fit, the most prepared, the most talented. However it does not mean that you are always going to be successful. The sooner you understand this notion, and know that there is no shame in failure (only shame if you didn't try your best or quit) the easier failure will be - whenever it arrives.
Second, be resilient
If you loose, it's O.K. to be upset - for a while. But those who success after failure don't dwell on past loses. They use it as tinder that sets the fire, assuring that it does not happen again. Being resilient means you are never out of the fight- it means you are quick to recover. Because there is always another race to run, another opponent to face.
Lastly - CARE
If there is one lesson that you should take away from this piece it should be that you need to CARE - especially after you don't get the results that you want. The more you care, the easier (and faster) it will be for you to get up after you get knocked down. And if you don't want to keep fighting, you need to examine how much you care. There is nothing wrong with saying that you don't want to keep fighting after a lose, as long as you know in you heart that there are other things you care more about. Once you discover that - start fighting for it.
Failure happens. Just don't let it take you down. Be resilient and start to fight again. Because even when you fail, you can still succeed.