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The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.Roy T. Bennett
Failure and rejection can be difficult to overcome, especially if you face them time and time again. We all want to find success and achieve our dreams, and being told “no” can be discouraging. Ultimately, it is when we decide to give up and stop pursuing our dreams that we are placed on the path to failure.
This month, we want to outline three ways that you can move past failures and disappointments, and get back on track to achieve success.
1. Separate your value from your work:
In our hustle-focused culture, it can be easy to link our value to the things that we have or pursue; however, this is not productive. Our circumstances change quickly and easily. They are often out of our control. When we root our value in things that are external and everchanging, then our ideas of ourselves become unstable.
Recognize that your value is rooted in who you are as a person, and who you were designed to be. Recognize your worth, and be kind to yourself even if you face failure because failure is not a reflection of who you are as a person.
2. Shift your perspective:
View your failures as blessings. We don’t always know what the future holds, but we can see and understand the situations that we are in now. If we are pursuing something that we are kept from through rejection, we have the chance to see the opportunities in this. We can view rejection as a blessing and learn from this experience to grow into an even greater person.
Pro Tip: Most of the time, we view our failures as these gigantic indicators of our capabilities and worth. In reality, most people don’t care about our failures as much as we do. Don’t weigh so heavily on the opinions of others, and remind yourself of your strengths.
3. Stay Hopeful:
Yes – success is in your future! There are opportunities out there for you to pursue. No, it won’t always be easy, and there will be barriers and challenges along the way; but there is hope and help available to help you along the way. Hold on to hope and use it as fuel to keep you moving forward.
Pro Tip: Surround yourself with people who can help you to remain hopeful and to help you pursue your goals. Whether through community connections or networking opportunities, utilize the resources available to help you make informed decisions about your future.