Has failure been getting the best of you? Do you ever feel like, try as you might, you can’t produce the results you’ve been hoping for? Well, you’re not alone—but failure doesn’t have to be the final say unless you allow it to be.
Take Brittany Hochevar for example. As a professional beach volleyball player, she has experienced her own share of failure, whether it be the loss of a game, missing out on the Olympics or just a dropped play. According to Brittany, we choose how we view failure and how we let it affect us.
“Failure is a choice because you get to decide if that’s the lens you’re going to look out of,” she says.
More often than not, we equate failure with losing, even going so far sometimes as to label ourselves or others as “losers.” But the posture from which Brittany views failure lies in stark contrast with this: she believes that winners fail more than losers.
Failure as a concept can only exist in conjunction with success: failure is the period that comes before success. If you’re failing, you can adjust your strategy to achieve the success you hope for.
But how? It’s all about the decision to change your perspective, Brittany shares: “You can wake up one day and decide again, ‘That’s not how I choose to see this experience.’”
What can we choose instead? Watch this video above to learn the answer from Brittany Hochevar herself.