“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau …
My favorite response to failure is to simply think to myself, “so what…” If I can feel this way about my disappointments, then their effects upon me have been minimalized and marginalized. It is actually quite refreshing not letting my failures get me down. Furthermore, such an attitude fosters an environment of progress that furthers my potential and keeps me focused on what is possible in life.
When we look at the results of our actions as potential growth and compensation, rather than success or failure, we get the most out of the lessons life has to teach us. In addition, we set the stage for ourselves to achieve successes in our future.
Embrace the outcomes of life. Learn from your experiences instead of labelling them. You will find rich and valuable lessons that are there to empower you in life, not bring you down.
Find some compensation in a disappointment.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever done anything that truly was worth doing well, and done it completely right on the very first try?
Who has helped you to define what is success and what is failure in your life?
What are some good things that have come about through some of your disappointments?
For further thought:
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
F. Scott Fitzgerald