How do you deal with failure when its effect can be so devastating to your psyche? I am sure that you are aware of the encompassing feeling of discouragement that seems to drain you of the energy that is necessary for the next challenge. Especially when your attempts are consecutive failures, you have a tendency to protect yourself by excusing your disappointments instead of dealing with their affects on your mental stability.
How you look at your circumstances is important to whether or not you will muster up the strength to go at it again. I cannot over emphasize the value of a failed attempt. That’s right. I said that there is value in failure. How else can you learn to persevere if you never experience the kind of challenges that test your resolve and tenacity to fight until accomplishment has been achieved?
Discouragement is an emotion (negative feeling in motion) that can be altered by the will to win; and failure can easily be overcome with constant attempts. The more you fall short of your goals, the more you learn concerning what not to do.
Thomas Edison tried over 700 times to come up with a bulb that can cause light. If Thomas Edison stopped on the 700th attempt, he would have probably never achieved the notoriety and confidence to accomplish all the other patents he owned over his life span. The light bulb would have eventually been developed by someone else who exerted him or herself to overcome their failed attempts at the bulb’s invention.
The rewards of success are capitulated only to those who persevere over failure and accomplishment. Therefore, do not use failure as a reason to quit, but the motivation to try harder because your failures can only make you smarter and privy to information you would not otherwise have accumulated.