How to Deal with Failure

Failure isn’t an experience that reduces your value. It is a defining moment. Depending on how you externalize it, you can turn something negative into something motivational. HRMatrix is here to give you tips on how to cope with failure in order to see the bright side of the situation. Failure sets you up to enhance your qualities and strengthen your weaknesses. Understand that it is merely a blip in your life and it doesn’t change the trajectory of your life for the worse. 

It depends on how you look at it. Your perspective changes everything in the case of failure. If you look at it negatively and take it as an experience of regression, then you will inevitably regress. But, if you perceive it as a normal occurrence that most people are familiar with, you will open doors to a motivated version of yourself. When you look at failure as an opportunity, you treat the situation as something full of value because you are learning something. You are learning about your weaknesses, about different tactics that can help you succeed, and you are familiarizing yourself with the circumstances of the situation that hinder your success. The more aware you become, the better. Failure is a chance to confront yourself with transparency and honesty. 

Let’s begin with your tips!

1. Confront the truth. This can cut through the sugar coating and it hurts, yes;  but, healing basically begins when the truth is facing you. Lies keep you in the dark as you become more oblivious to what needs to be corrected and understood. However, you try to spin your situation the bottom line is that the truth has way more power than the lie. Employees tend to dilute the situation with excuses, but this only lengthens the process. 

2. Become honest with yourself. Transparency is very important. When a mistake occurs, there is an emphasis on forgiving others, but have you thought about yourself when you are in the wrong? You have to learn how to forgive yourself so that you are able to move on and do better! That isn’t to say you should be overly critical of yourself. Stick to the circumstances of that particular situation and what directly caused the mistake, that way you're not tangential about the source of the mistake. Avoid blaming yourself, and rather target your specific weaknesses. 

3. Write down what you need to enhance about yourself. Observe your behavior and thoroughly understand your weaknesses. This is a great way to confront the truth. Often our thoughts are fleeting and it is hard to keep track of priorities in the workplace. So make some time for yourself to create a list. Writing and reading these notes will boost your ability to execute your actions with punctuality. 

4. Accept the lesson you learned. Writing your failure off in order to protect your feelings is not productive. We have established that failure should not influence you negatively, but the goal is not to forget it completely. Ask yourself about the lesson and how you can apply this learning experience. The point is to value your failure and observe better strategies in order to succeed. How can you do that if you neglect the occurrence overall?


HRMatrix wants you to be able to see the bright side of the situation. The goal is to be open-minded in order to absorb your failures as a learning experience because failure is not supposed to define you negatively. Remember, the experience does not establish regression as long as you maintain a positive and logical outlook. You have the opportunity to progress, so make sure to apply these four important tips.