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Take Failure in Stride

To press on in life, the ability to “take failure in stride” is a major psychological tool.

Healing in psychotherapy is an evolution. It’s based on a person’s natural progression.

You’d have to appropriate leisure and fun along the way to better your self. To rest up, from life’s challenges and crises.

take failure in stride

That very much involves learning how to “take failure in stride.”

Boris finds it constantly hard to move on to pursue his goals. This is especially so when he’s frustrated or blocked by failures.

He over-dwells on the slips. It makes him feel bad about himself. And then, he finds himself unable to sleep and function daily. 

Boris needs to learn to “take failure in stride” to be able to move on and do his goals.

The word “stride,” according to Merriam Webster dictionary, means:

“to move over or along with”

“to advance without interference”

“without emotional reaction”

A student from a top school encouraged his fellow students. He said to believe in Thomas Edison’s statement,

“Tomorrow is my exam, but I don’t care because a single sheet of paper can’t decide my future.”

True. Everyone fails. At one point or another. Those who accomplished something in life would have failed at least once.

Thomas Edison failed a whopping 999 times before inventing the light bulb.

Take failure in stride and prepare for the next try.

Here are three suggestions from Dr. Maxwell Maltz of Psycho-Cybernetics for developing this psychological capacity to “take failure in stride:”

1. Stop fearing failure.

Fear makes you negative and tense. Accept that you’ll fail at times. Relax, then keep pursuing your goals.

2. Stop expecting perfection.

You’re human. You cannot expect perfection – either in your self, others, or in your circumstances.

3. Stop selling yourself short.

Dignity is innate to every human being. Stop deriding and criticizing yourself as if you’re your own worst enemy.

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, once said:

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life, we get nothing save by effort.”


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