Whether it’s an internationally broadcasted blunder or a small mix-up at the office we all have to accept that we make mistakes. It’s part of life. But it’s not the mistake that should define who
We are all resilient. Meaning we all have the power to recover, heal, or bounce back from things that life throws at us. Here are some things that could help you bounce back after a fall:
Take a deep breath and keep plugging forward
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of stepping away or burying our heads in the sands. Sometimes things go wrong and you have an audience. With practice, you can learn how to quiet that negative voice that makes its appearance in moments like this. In the meantime just take a deep breath, pause a moment to recover, and then keep going. Most people are more forgiving than we are about these kinds of moments.
Reflect on how to do things differently
When you have a moment to reflect on the experience, don’t sit there and stew about what went wrong. If you have an idea of what you wanted things to be like, visualize yourself doing them. Identify what you can learn from the experience and focus on personal growth.
Forgive yourself and let it go
Sometimes things just happen. Shake it off. Acknowledge and be present with your feelings and then breathe them out – trusting yourself that things will be better next time.
Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. A little humor (as long as it doesn’t become too self-deprecating) can go a long way. We can honor our quirkiness and show others that we don’t have to take things so seriously all the time. (Looks like the Russians can do this at their closing ceremonies!)
Don’t give up
Above all else, don’t let it stop you from getting what you want, moving forward, and conquering your goals. Keep trying and experimenting with different strategies until you get it right.
How have you bounced back in the past? What worked in that moment? How did it feel to recover and do better the next time?