The Garden: Moving on after failure

Life is not all comedy sometimes, it’s a tragedy with both the good and the bad on the calendar. We cannot acknowledge light without accepting darkness same way we cannot acknowledge success without accepting defeat.

Failure, no matter how unpleasant, is part of the course. Although we recognise that failure is part of life, it is, however, not easy to accept and live accordingly. For this reason, this week on The Garden I share with you tips from JK Rawlings. He shares on how we can do life over and beyond failure and the lessons we can learn from there.

I. Choose to see rock-bottom as a foundation and not a conclusion. A by-product of failing is a sense of liberation. With no more room to fall any further, the risk relative to the potential reward gets skewed. It can be easy, in a state of pain and disappointment, to not see that as an opportunity. Try to.

II. Use limitations to fuel resourcefulness and inspiration. Heavy defeats, in part, hurt because they limit us. They force us to restart and get by with less. Fortunately, that’s not a bad thing. Limitations help cancel out the noise. They force creativity by providing a more opportune environment for it to flourish.

III. Take control by increasing your odds of success with persistence. Success depends on the consistency of effort as much as it does on the quality of work. We can produce great work and not have it recognized. It takes more than that. It’s a numbers game. Trying again and again makes all the difference.

Failure is an inevitable part of life. It can stop us from aspiring and achieving. Dealing with it is a skill, and psychological preparation can go a long way. As with all matters of the mind, however, it’s much easier said than done. You have to actively fight it to beat it. I believe you can.

Do not let failure define you. No matter how many times it happens to you, it cannot be you. Separate yourself from it. Learn the lesson and move on.

By Lerato Charlotte Letsoso/GhOne TV | Email: leratokayise@gmail.com

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