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Bounce back strong from a tough setback

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Use this checklist to recover from a failure and keep moving forward:
  • Acknowledge that you did the best you could at the time.

  • Recognize that you survived and can cope with the consequences.

  • Record what you learned. Review it often. Ask others what they learned, and have them write it down for you. Then, list ways to do it better next time.

  • Thank everyone for their feedback and insights. Remember that if someone is hostile in delivering feedback, it probably reflects his or her level of fear more than your competence.

  • Clean up any messes and deliver any information or apologies due. Never try to cover up a failure.

  • Take some time to go back and review your successes. You’ve done many more things right than wrong.

  • Regroup. Collectively reaffirm your worth and contributions.

  • Refocus on your vision. Absorb the lessons, recommit to your old plan or create a new one. Stay in the game and keep everybody moving forward.
— Adapted from The Success Principles, Jack Canfield, HarperResource.

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