1. Separate Your Self-Worth from the Failure
It is easy to attach your self-worth to a task you have to perform and want to succeed at. Remember that you are not what you do. This will help you be happier and look at any failures more objectively.
2. Figure Out What Is Not Working
Failure is part of success. Figuring what does not work will help you figure out what does work. For instance, if you wrote a book and the agent rejected it, did they point out any areas that needed improvement? Examine that feedback.
Always examine any areas that need improvement and implement the feedback. This will help you improve your skills and will lead to a higher level of success in the future. For example, maybe the book was not accepted because you did not edit your manuscript thoroughly enough before submitting it or your characters were poorly developed.
This does not mean you are a bad writer. It just means there are certain areas of your writing that you need to improve. It can be a learning experience because you can now develop these skill sets by taking classes on character development or revising your manuscript.
3. Take Care of Your Overall Health
Sometimes, people make mistakes simply because they do not have that much experience or they are having a tough day. That is understandable. Sometimes, people make mistakes because they are exhausted, they are going through a divorce, or they have health issues.
Tend to your health before you tend to your work. If you think you could use some time off and can do it without ruffling any feathers, take that time to recharge. If you are suffering from insomnia, look into how to treat that.
If you think you might have trouble reading because you have dyslexia or that you might be struggling with processing trauma from certain events in your life, it is important to take care of these things. This should only be if you consistently make mistakes and think that your performance might stem from personal issues that are more difficult to overcome than simply being tired, grumpy, or hungry. Regardless of whether or not you have more challenging health issues to deal with, make sure you always get enough sleep, food, and exercise.
4. Be Accountable For Your Mistakes
If your mistakes affect anyone else who works with you, be accountable and apologize if necessary. Make sure you listen to any feedback they give you and take that into account for the future. It is important to acknowledge your mistakes while also understanding that they do not define you. People are more likely to cut you some slack if you take responsibility in this way.
5. Listen To Someone Inspiring
Most people who are really successful have failed a lot in order to get to where they are today. Einstein did not do very well in math class, but look at the historical impact he had on the world. It just goes to show that success can be achieved in many different ways. Always look at failure as an opportunity to grow, learn, and improve. This will help you lead a happier and healthier life, make stronger connections with people, and, ultimately, be more successful.
Watching and listening to anything inspirational will help you think positively, which will lead to a greater level of happiness and self-compassion. Do not beat yourself up about a mistake you made. Instead, turn it into a learning experience and an opportunity to grow. It is important to know that you are not alone and that failure can be a stepping stone to success.