Academic Failure: Not The End
“Failure is not the end, it is an opportunity to gain insight.”
Failures are not the end of everything. They teach you what not to do. Learning from failure and bouncing back are essential skills for one to learn. As students, you might feel the opposite because of lack of exposure and a conservative environment but know that academic failures are not the end of your life. They do not define you and your self-worth. That exam you failed was not the last exam of your life. Life has much more to offer. No matter how many people label you as a failure, remember that you don’t have to look at yourself as a failure. The moment you consider yourself a failure in your own eyes, that moment you actually fail so do not let that happen.
Here are some tips that can help you overcome academic failure-
#1 Distance yourself- Keep yourself at a distance when you receive academic failures. That is the time you are at your lowest and vulnerable. Emotions take over you. Try to distract yourself and do things you like- Go on a walk, eat ice cream, play games or listen to music. Once your emotions subside, analyze and think logically. Understand what went wrong and what you could have done better to avoid this situation.
#2 Identify the cause- Ask yourself if this was the best performance of your life. If not, why? What went wrong? Develop an improved plan to tackle the problem and study differently. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Make use of the free resources available online. If you face difficulties in making a study plan for yourself, use Questt App. Questt identifies your strengths and weaknesses and customizes a study plan for you.
#3 Ask for help- Do not let academic failures set the course of your life. Ask for help when you need it. Go to a friend to vent about your problem. Get those doubts solved by your teachers or peers. Just do it. Life is too short to hold yourself back.
#4 Do not cheat yourself- Giving yourself excuses and delaying goals is not good in the long term. Get rid of the momentous pleasure (weakness of the will).
For example- You decide to study Physics for an hour but you feel like scrolling on social media so you spend hours doing that delaying your study goals. Put in a genuine effort to receive good outcomes and be true to yourself.
Effort * Ability = Desired Outcome
It is very much possible that you will not always achieve success. But the goal of life is to keep trying and put forward your best foot. Learn from failure instead of regretting the past.