1. Accept the lemons.

What’s done is done. There’s no point in rehashing or worrying about your mistakes. The past cannot be changed. Instead, use your energy to impact the future.

2. Learn from what’s gone wrong.

Consider failure a life lesson, in order to learn from it and make things better next time. Instead of losing control, learn, learn and learn some more.

3. Spend some time figuring out what happened.

Analyze the situation and try to answer the questions that arise, as honestly as you can.

4. Work harder.

Be better prepared next time. Use the information from your analysis, and try not to repeat any of the things that in your opinion led to failure.

5. Don’t “curb your enthusiasm.”

If anything, be even more enthusiastic next time. Pat yourself on the back for having tried and vow to try again. Admire all your willpower, your desire to succeed, your perseverance.

6. Keep making lemonade!

Don’t be afraid. Do it again. Do it now. Do it better. Do it right and finish what you’ve started. And celebrate every victory, especially the small ones. Above all, keep in mind that you are not the first person to fail . . . and then, ultimately, succeed big-time.

 

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