We all know we learn from our mistakes. Analyzing our own mistakes gives us insights into why we failed and what we could have done differently to succeed. It can also help us avoid repeating similar missteps in the future and fail again. A lot of work was written about this subject. In fact, you even don’t have to do these mistakes to learn from them. Failures of other people will do!
Today I want to talk about alternative approach, an approach that can be even more effective than analyzing failures – you guessed it right, it’s analyzing successes! Why analyzing successes can be so effective? Because unlike studying failures, it gives you clues to what you did right and what worked for you. When you study your failures what you learn is what NOT to do, but there is no clear road-map to success. While you know what to avoid, you still have no clue what you should do to succeed. The fear of committing another mistake may leave you confused and paralyzed.
On the other hand, there might be areas in your life where you are successful. It could be your career, your relationships or sports. Thinking about these areas of your life and analyzing what works for you helps you move forward can help you build an effective plan for achieving new goals.
For example, if you are successful at work, it’s worth to think how what you do is different from those who failed in the same area. Perhaps you sincerely enjoy your work, or maybe it’s your attention to detail or your ambitious personality. Think of what helps you there and find a way to use these factors to help you achieve other goals.
As with everything in psychology, analyzing this type of information will do very little unless you write it. Analyzing yourself without writing is pretty much like trying to look at yourself without a mirror. Open your private journal and list areas in your life where you consider yourself a success, then write why you think you were able to succeed in these areas. Once you do this, you have another little key to unlock the power of you.