How to Deal with Failure
by Matt Diesel
Failure is a part of daily life. It can be encountered at school, in sports, jobs, and relationships. Failure is inevitable; don't let it affect you. Take the word “loser” out of your vocabulary. There are winners, and learners. Learners are winners who have not yet discovered how to win. As long as you are learning, you are becoming better. Period. Do not evaluate your performance as good or bad, but good and bad. Begin to see what you did correct, and learn from what you did wrong.
When you encounter failure, learn to control the factors that you have control over. This will help you to overcome temporary failures and develop a plan of action moving forward. Always control your attitude and appearance. Having poise will allow you to slow down and regulate your next action. Breathing deeply. Keep things in perspective.
You must be able to control yourself before you can control your performance. Keep in mind that you have no control over the past. Awareness and presence will keep you in the moment.