2. Explore the failure. Ask yourself, “Why did this happen?” Specifically, “What factors led to this less desirable outcome?” This does NOT mean let’s play the blame game on Sally Sue or Billy Bob – we are talking about factors that you have control over. Could you have started working on the project sooner? Did you spend the time getting to know the person before assigning them the role you did in the project to ensure they were well suited to handle it? Shift the feeling of failing to a sense of curiousity- find out why you didn’t get the result you wanted. Literally writing out a list can really get the investigative juices flowing!
3. Learn from your mistake. “It’s only a failure if you didn’t learn from it.” Say that to yourself out loud. Seriously, do it! Life is full of learning experiences, especially if your are on the pursuit of greatness. Classic example: I am willing to bet that right now you are reading this in a room that is illuminated by light bulbs. The inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison, FAILED more than 2,000 times in finally getting it right! When asked about this, his response was “I didn’t fail, I just discovered 2,000 ways not to make a light bulb.”
4. Apply your newfound knowledge! You made the mistake, you figured out why, you took away lessons about what you can change going forward to have a different result, now it’s time to put that into action! What good is all of that experience if you don’t apply it? You don’t want to just stop, not put all of this into practice and think back years later “Oh yea, I could have/should have/ would have…” TAKE ACTION SON! This is where growth, advancement and excellence comes from!
In working with my clients who are getting into exercise for the first time, a day or two after a workout they report some muscle soreness.This is your body’s response to “failure”, as you broke down the muscle through exercise, so that the body can respond to rebuild the muscle and make it stronger than it was before. The result? The next workout, you are better adapted to handle more weight, more reps, and doing this consistently over time, more physically fit. Now, who doesn’t want that?
Adam Martin, PharmD, ACSM-CPT, NAMS-CNC
Adam Martin, PharmD, ACSM-CPT, NAMS CCN is an author, licensed pharmacist, and nutrition consultant. He is the founder of The Fit Pharmacist movement and host of The Fit Pharmacist Healthcare Podcast. In addition, he is the owner and a nutrition consultant at The Diet Doc Pittsburgh North in Pennsylvania.