The thing about failure is, that it’s inevitable. We all fail from time to time. Our failure could be associated with exams, a relationship, a business start-up… essentially anything. Many A-Level & GCSE students received their grades earlier this month and didn’t do as well as they would’ve liked (and I was one of them). I know how terrible it feels to fail & sometimes to fail multiple times. It can really wear us down.
But I want to let you know that failure is actually good for you. Now I know you must have read lots of articles online about how to turn your failure into motivation. And it does sound cliché but… it’s possible.
Firstly, breathe! And cry if you feel like it. Regardless of what your failure is, acknowledge it and completely go through whatever it is that you’re feeling. This is the only way to get to the other side. Once you have processed your emotions and taken your time, you can then look back and reflect on why you failed. Here’s an article about 10 Reasons Why You Fail (markmanson.net) that I highly recommend. You can read through the article and pin point what it is that’s limiting you.
It’s also vital that we don’t blame ourselves for our failures but rather take responsibility. Taking responsibility changes everything! We may not be at fault for many of our setbacks. Covid has been a disruptor and it has had a negative impact on students’ learning. These are external factors that we can’t control. But what we can do is anchor our failures to something positive. Any person who has gone ahead to do something meaningful in life, has faced failures and risen from them.
Failure is indispensable to the story of a person’s success – Jalal Kaiser
When you fail, you realise what works for you and what doesn’t. Take it as an opportunity to learn something new and an opportunity to fuel you in the right direction!
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