Take a moment to think about your fears. Halloween is long over, but what we’re afraid will always follow us, whether we try to acknowledge them or not. Is one of your fears the fear of failure? Whether you are afraid of failing in school, letting down your loved ones, or not living up to the dreams you set for yourself, here are three ways to overcome failure.
Realize What You’ve Learned Isn’t All There Is
From the time we are young, we are taught that we have the potential to make all of our dreams come true - anything is possible, as long as you’re willing to work hard and never give up, what we want becomes ours, no matter how impossible it might seem at first. But for intensely competitive fields, whether in science and mathematics or arts and entertainment, that old lesson might not always prove true. While you shouldn’t let your dreams go, you should realize that what you’ve learned isn’t all there is to life - spending time with your friends, family, and loved ones should be more important than chasing a writing award or a promotion that might never come to pass.
The Light At the End of the Tunnel
Ultimately, you might depend on the light at the end of the tunnel to make it all worth it. For many of us, all we need is one small shred of recognition to justify all of the hours of effort we put into achieving our dreams. But the fear of failure can hold you back. There are plenty of milestones and small victories that can fill you with joy - whether it is something as simple as drinking a cup of tea or playing with your pets.
Success and Failure Don’t Define You
When everything seems to be going wrong, remember that success and failure don’t define who you are as a person. The big belief that success and failure are what validates an existence? It’s just a particularly toxic myth. Failure can be a motivator and teach you something - how to find an unconventional path to solving that problem and in the end, overcoming failure. Find your successes in your everyday triumphs and realize that success isn’t the finish line - it’s the race itself.
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