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How to Deal with Failure

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This encouraging post will go over ways to deal with failure. What is failure? Failure is defined as the opposite of success, when the outcome of your situation is not what you wanted it to be. Well, here are proper ways to deal with failure.


1. Assess and evaluate the situation.

Figure out if the failure is something that could be resolved, or if it is something that could be resolved, or if it is the actual final outcome. For example, if you were playing a sport, did your actions in the losing the game mean that you can try again and score better, or are you eliminated from the game and have to wait until next season? Finding out if the failure was a one shot or a temporary problem that could actually be resolved will offer a little bit of insight into how you should go about resolving the problem.


2. Think of your goals to reverse the failure and turn it into success.

Ask yourself, what do I want to happen? What is my intended outcome? Is it to get someone to act on your behalf? To get him/her to say yes? To get something done? To move to another level? To win something? To allow you to do something? To get someone to stop doing something? Most situations fall into these broad categories. If you're not exactly clear on what you want to happen, then it becomes difficult to figure out the next steps.


3. Make a plan and outline how to turn the failure into success.

Next, based on the answer to the goal, now it's time to outline how you will turn the failure into successful results. For example, do you need to ask for something or ask a person who has the authority to approve your request? Do you have to sign up again for the tryouts? Do you need to appeal the denial? Do you have to study smarter? Do you need to put more effort into your project? Do you need to file a grievance? What do you need to do to change the failing outcome?


4. Consider if you really should pursue the opportunity or just take a pass.

Maybe it wasn't meant for you to get the opportunity you were looking for. You have to decide if you should move on instead of staying stuck. There are always options and chances for new better things. You have to make a choice and base it on valid reasons. For example, if you want to reverse a failure, are you doing this because you have something to prove to someone who has an opinion of you? If so, you should consider stepping away from the situation and move on, because a motive of proving something to someone leads to a misguided perspective and will often result in more failure.


5. Pray for success and favor.

An encouraging note for you to remember is to pray to God for wisdom and favor. Here are two scriptures to remember for success. Joshua 1:8 says, "This book of the law [the Word of God] shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success." James 1:5 says, "If you need wisdom, ask God and He will give it to you generously without reprimand, and he will give it to you.


To recap, here are five ways to deal with failure: 1) assess and evaluate the situation, 2) think of your goals to reverse the failures and turn it into success, 3) make a plan and outline how to turn the failure into success, 4) consider if you should really pursue the opportunity or just take a pass, and 5) pray for success and favor.



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