Failure is a gift! As someone with ADHD, I have previously seen my cycles of excitement-to-burnout as failures. Reframing failure as a step towards eventual success has been enlightening.
As Carol Dweck said, there are two ways to look at the world: “In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented.”
Appreciate the process over the results:
- Don’t worry about the outcome and how fast you get there, but focus on how much learning you can get from the experience.
- Don’t say failing, say learning: This simple change in language helps shift your view of failure.
- Value criticism as a gift: Analyze all criticism, and take it as a useful point.
- Take time to reect: What lessons did you learn from your mistake?
- The “not yet” technique: Reminding yourself that you haven’t mastered this skill… yet
Viewing my unpredictable interests as a gift has been key in my transformation!