Turn your mistakes into powerful learning experiences
Never give up
Turn failure into success
So, how can you learn from your failures and find success instead of becoming disheartened? Here are six suggestions.
1. Identify what went wrong
Do your best to analyze the situation. Failure sometimes occurs due to factors we can’t control, but it is more commonly a result of our own actions. Self-assessment can help you realize what you did well and what you can improve.
2. Make a plan
After identifying what went wrong, consider creating a plan to avoid making similar mistakes in the future. For example, if you didn’t do well on a test and know you didn’t study enough, your plan could include writing down a study schedule for the next test.
3. Change your perspective
Try focusing on what you can learn from the mistake. For example, if you get a low grade on an essay, instead of thinking, “I’m a bad writer,” you might ponder, “What have I learned from this experience that can help me improve this paper and future assignments?” You can also humbly ask instructors, mentors, friends, or family for feedback on how to improve.
In the gospel, we are encouraged to keep an eternal perspective. This principle applies to education as well. Instead of focusing on shortcomings, try to remember your overall goals and look at the big picture to continue improving.4. Keep going
Don’t let failure halt your progress. Elder Uchtdorf said, “Even when you fail, you can choose not to give up, but rather discover your courage, press forward, and rise up.”
5. Use your resources
Failure — as a result of not being prepared or not doing your best — limits opportunities for learning and growth. There are many resources available to BYU-Pathway Worldwide students, including instructors, peers, tutors, and mentors. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Part of doing your best is using all your resources.
6. Put Christ at the center
The Savior, through His Atonement, can help you overcome failure, both spiritually and academically. You can make Him the center of your education by praying and studying the scriptures each day, sharing your academic goals with Him, praying for extra help on assignments or tests, and finding opportunities to use what you learn to serve others.
As you do so, He will help you find success and learn from your failures.