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Why You Should Believe in Yourself in Times of Failure

Failure is a myth. There’s no such thing. What we call failure is really just a “missed mark.” It’s an unrealized goal or an incomplete vision.

An unrealized goal, or an incomplete vision, are not reasons we should stop believing in ourselves.

However, being the humans that we are, we want to judge it—to slap a label on our outcomes. We want to compare ourselves and know where we rank.

Sometimes, we do this to validate an already poor self-image or to try to motivate ourselves to change and do better.

How to believe in yourself even more during times of failure

Focusing on failure never got anyone anywhere. However, paying attention to the available learnings and the opportunities did.

Think about all the crazy-beautiful and useful things that exist in our world because of a presumable failure.

Here are just a few things you wouldn’t have if people hadn’t ‘failed’: Post It notes, the microwave, Penicillin, the slinky, X-rays, and even chocolate chip cookies.

Helen Keller said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Opportunities lie within our failures

When we bump up against the things we call failure it’s actually our cue to dig deep—deeper than we thought we could go. It’s a call to find new resources within ourselves.

This is your chance to get more creative, to make lemonade out of the sour oranges that just fell from what we thought was the lemon tree.

So often, though, we get lost in our pity party of why we didn’t “make it.” While it’s sometimes important to process emotions like hopelessness, sadness, and frustration, we need to do it as quickly as possible. Then, we need to move on so we don’t

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