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It is not uncommon these days to hear people say words like, “I just failed my test”, “I am finished”, “I lost my job”, “I am a failure”, and many more like that.
Frankly, it can be very demoralizing when you fail to achieve set objectives. Especially when a lot of resources (time, money, relationships, etc) have been committed in the process.
However, in the light of these challenges, you still have a chance to turn your moments of gloom to bloom. Strange as it may seem, failure can still be a good thing. The following reasons will tell you how.
Lessons Learnt: Failing at anything in life provides you with valuable lessons about the situation. After proper analysis of the failed situation, you will have a deeper understanding of the circumstances relating to it. Lessons are learnt this way.
Provides You With Experience: Every failed attempt adds to your wealth of experience. Do not cry over failed attempts. You can actually use them to your advantage. With the experience you gather, every new attempt gets you closer to the mark of success.
It highlights Your Weaknesses: Properly analyzed failed attempts exposes possible weaknesses you might have as it relates to the current situation or related situations in the past. It could be fear, pessimism, laziness, inadequate preparation, inferiority complex, low self-esteem etc. It does not matter what the reason might be. As they say, “knowledge is power”. By having this self-knowledge, you are a step ahead. Use the knowledge of your weaknesses to your advantage by tackling it out-rightly, to effectively eliminate or at least reduce its overall effect in the future.
Be Better Prepared: As you learn from every failed attempt, you get better prepared for the next one. As time goes on, you can only get better. It is only a matter of time before you achieve your set objectives.
So now you see, it is not as daunting or scary as you thought after all. Yes, it is okay to fail, but it is NOT okay not to do anything constructive to lift yourself off that failed situation. It is important you maintain a positive outlook in every situation you find yourself.
There is a lot you can learn and gain from failed attempts. As long as you stay focused on your goals, and make a conscious effort to learn from every failed attempt, you stand a huge chance of becoming the biggest success of your time.
Good luck on the next one!
Ndifreke Efiok Akpan.