You might not have faced it yet but failure at work is a common occurrence.
Even the most successful of managers and corporate leaders have faced a professional setback at some point. The difference lies in how such failures are handled. Some professionals are able to come out of them as better, smarter employees while some simply succumb to the hardships of dealing with a failure.
Accepting Failure, Treating it as an Opportunity
This might sound rather cliché but a remedy to the problem can be found only if the problem is acknowledged. Unless you are ready to admit your shortcomings, you won’t be able to overcome the situation. Accepting the failure helps in many ways. Firstly, it gives you a reality check about your professional capabilities or your working habits. Secondly, it shakes-up you from your comfort zone. Most psychologists opine that any setback is actually a concealed opportunity. It is our perception which defines whether a failure can inspire us to become better.
Decoding Reasons that Caused Failure
It is vital that you don’t repeat the mistakes responsible for your embarrassment in the office. This can only be done when you are ready to find out the factors that led to your inability to complete a project or assignment properly. If the reasons turn-out to be your own doing, you need to reassess your skills and plan ways of sharpening them. If the reason is beyond you, i.e. factors like office politics, you need to devise a method of handling such roadblocks to your progress.
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Tougher
Irrespective of whether your failure has been caused by your own deficiencies or by external interferences, you need to gather yourself and move ahead. This essentially means pasting a smile on your face and getting ready for the challenge that follows a setback at the office. You need to talk to yourself that it has become necessary to be more alert and work harder. This might mean reorganizing your professional or personal life. Either scenario requires you to be strong enough to take upon the challenge head-on. Any resolution cannot yield instant results. You have to make yourself understand the need to battle it out and win against all circumstances.
There is No Shame in Seeking Help
Now that you have acknowledged your shortcomings, found the precise reasons that led to the failure and are mentally prepared to face the challenge, you need to evaluate your resources. This refers to resources that will help you emerge as a better, more capable employee. If the debacle was precipitated by lack of skills, you might need to get some sort of an upgrade on your professional qualifications. This might mean enrolling for a diploma or taking some sort of training module at the workplace itself. You might have fallen short of your project goals because of poor leadership skills. Here, you need to get an honest feedback from your colleagues regarding your inadequacies as a leader. If the problems were caused by personal issues, you need to devise a method of separating your professional and personal life. This might mean seeking help from your spouse, girlfriend or other family members. (Work Life, MensXP.com)