Whenever we have an experience we deem to be a failure, it can hurt our identity in a major way. While we may intellectually know that experiencing failure is a part of life, we still experience negative emotions when things don’t go as planned or work out as we expected.
The truth is failure is just a perception. It is our perspective on what happened or what should have happened that dictates what we consider a failure or success.
If we don’t shift our perception around what we deem to be a failure, it can:
- Cause us to doubt ourselves.
- Prevent us from taking chances or risks.
- Affect our mental and emotional states in a negative way.
- Reduce our self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Cause us to miss new opportunities.
The good news is we can make each failure a valuable learning opportunity.