No matter what goal you set out to achieve, chances are you’ll encounter a few obstacles along the way. Setbacks and failures happen for all of us. It’s a part of what makes us human.
While this is a deeply shared experience, we can easily forget just how normal failure is, especially if it seems like everyone around us coasting by with ease.
Here are some tips you can use to manage and overcome setbacks this semester.
1. Adjust your mindset
Have you ever held yourself back because you were worried you might fail?
It’s more common than you think. Holding onto fears and assumptions about how a situation will turn out can make it feel impossible to start. In fact, when we think we may fail at something, we often do everything in our power to avoid it.
If this sounds like you, try some of these tips:
Challenge your assumptions. It’s common to make assumptions about situations that feel daunting. For instance, you might assume that you won’t be able to complete a project because it feels overwhelming or you don’t have enough time. However, it’s important to challenge these assumptions. Instead of focusing your energy on worst case scenarios or things you can’t control, think through things you can control like visiting office hours or teaming up with other people in your class.
Take some time to reflect. If you’re worried about failing, it can be helpful to take a step back to reflect. Ask yourself: is this truly a “failure” or is it something that didn’t go as you planned? Is it something you can bounce back from? Chances are good that you can and will bounce back. Remember that experiencing setbacks is a normal part of life and they won’t define you.
Expand your timeline. If you’re worried about failing or are struggling to cope with a recent setback, it can also be helpful to expand your timeline. For instance, is this particular setback going to matter in 7 days, 7 months or 7 years? Perhaps some things that feel major now will turn out to be less important down the road.
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