February 24, 2017

It Isn't Failure - It's Rehearsal

Quotes like "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with something original"
are not helpful.  A more practical approach to failure is to say the 1st attempt at a new task is a rehearsal.  When struggling with a new challenge, it does not help me to feel bad about the mistakes I make.  So I decided the purpose of my 1st attempt is to give me ideas about how to make my 2nd attempt awesome.  When I get too frustrated with a new task I tell myself "it's a rehearsal" and give myself permission to quit.

Trying the task again the next day accomplishes two things.  My frustration has receded so I am calmer.  And the mistakes I made the 1st time give me ideas about what to do differently.  Calling something a rehearsal helps me succeed because it changes the way I think about what is happening to me.

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