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The key to success: Learning from our failures

submitted by Susan B. Apollon, Psychologist, Author, www.AnInsideJobforHealingCancer.com

Hindsight is wonderful, isn’t it?

We seem to see clearly what we could have and should have said and done when we look back on our lives and past actions.

Everything seems obvious when we get to see it from a place of significant distance and time. Most of us become angry or annoyed with ourselves when we “mess-up.”

It helps us to remember that life is our classroom and that we can and do benefit – and even learn from the decisions we make, whether they be right or wrong.

The next time you experience an unexpected failure or disappointment, consider responding in the following manner: 1. Feel the disappointment of not succeeding in the way you had expected. 2. Remind yourself that this is normal- and OK. 3. Ask yourself, what is the take-away lesson for you? What did the circumstances teach you – that can change the way you respond in the future? 4. Then, give thanks for the lessons you learned. Believe it or not, they will serve you well – and enable you to feel more positive, worthy and better about yourself.  Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter, try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Becket