How to learn from success and failure

How to learn from success and failure

Both the successes and failures in your training and athletic pursuits need to be monitored, measured and reflected upon. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success.

The importance of failure

All athletes and gym users need to learn from failure. We can benefit from seeing what went wrong in our performance. Seeking out failure isn’t something that comes natural to us but the more we take stock after a less than successful performance, the more we can improve in the future. Understanding failure is a way of avoiding it in the future.

The stages of dealing positively with failure involve a great deal of analysis. Looking back at the behaviours which led to the failure can help ensure the run-up next time is different and assessing what we’ll do differently next time to avoid anything happening in the same vein is also key. Never failing can only run for so long and having the right mind set to get up and carry is dependent in some part on the ability to see the positives.

Learning from success

The euphoria of success or hitting that next target should be savoured. That moment should be enjoyed and you should congratulate yourself but don’t leave it there. Once the moment has passed time needs to be spent analysing the weaker points. It can feel like a bit of a let-down to analyse your form after some fantastic lifts or your fastest ever run but it will help ensure you can smash your targets again the next time around.

There are merits to both winning and losing. Loss feels pretty hard to begin with but analysing it can help your drive forward and boost motivation.



Sarah L.
17 June 2014

Sarah L.

showing my age here: 'I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never going to keep me down'. Terrible song, good mantra!

craig t.
6 June 2014

craig t.

Spot on Mike, if you fall off, get right back on that horse (as my dad used to say)

Mike D.
3 June 2014

Mike D.

"It's not the falling down, it's the staying down which is failure. Get up, and try again". This approach has worked well for me throughout my life. it's tough, but that's where the real satisfaction and achievement lies.

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