Give Yourself An Emotional Deadline To Rebound From Failure Better

Give Yourself An Emotional Deadline To Rebound From Failure Better

Everyone fails. At some point in your life, you’re going to do something that you feel is inadequate. You can move past it, but it can help to give yourself a set time period at which point you need to move on.

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You can’t always rush emotional recovery. However, not every failure needs to take a lifetime to get over. Most of the time, the best thing to do is to feel bad for a bit, analyse what you could do better next time, and move on. Giving yourself a set time period to get over it — an hour, a day, a week, whatever fits the mistake — can force you to confront it, as well as put in perspective just how much (or little) it matters. As business blog Entrepreneur explains:

The most important step to overcoming adversity and negative feelings: Don’t wallow. Instead, set a deadline for accepting what’s happened, at least emotionally. This emotional acceptance stage is crucial — and so is the deadline. This stage is defined by the amount of time it takes for you to accept your new reality. You’ll have to give yourself a deadline for getting through this period.

If you screw up so badly you lose your company millions of dollars, it’s OK to feel bad for a little longer than most. But if you botched a weekly presentation, or didn’t meet your sales goals, don’t let it cripple your confidence. Give yourself a reasonable grieving period, and when it’s over, move on.

You Tried and You Failed. Here’s How to Rebound. [Entrepreneur]