How do we bounce-back from these so-called ‘failures’? Karen Greig sees them as learning points; as a moment in time when you can ask yourself ‘what next?’, ‘how do we now get to where we want to be?’. She believes in setting targets, no matter how small, to recover from the setback and go on to better things. Everyone is on a journey, it’s how you deal with the obstacles and come out the other side.
Lucy was a self-confessed ‘people pleaser’ in work, and believes that sometimes it’s the pressure we put on ourselves that make us believe we have failed in ways that no one else sees. The realisation of ‘I’m not too bad’ is key to overcoming any failures that we come up against. Realising that your dream job doesn’t bring you happiness could be seen as a failure but is it really? Accepting that you’ve made the wrong decision and correcting it could lead to happiness in the future.
Three key learnings:
- As we come across failures in our lives, it’s important to try and not let it keep us down. Set targets, devise a plan to overcome the obstacles and progress. This applies to both our professional and personal lives. Talking to someone can help, whether it’s a professional, a mentor or a friend, they can offer objective advice to help set these targets and form a plan.
- Throughout life, it’s important to look for the positives. Yes, something may not have worked out the way you wanted it to, but what went well? What did you do right? Take the positives and use them to influence your next steps in life.
- Failing is a part of life; we will all fail at something in our lives and I think it’s important to do so. Without failing first, how will we know we’re on the correct path in the end? There is no positive without negative.
Thank you, Rachel, for sharing this with us! Hopefully, everyone can take something away from this and next time something doesn’t go quite to plan don’t let it get you down – learn from it instead! Failure is inevitable and always remember, just because you can’t see everyone else’s ‘failures’, it doesn’t mean they’re not happening. You’re not alone!
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