I read the other day that people tend to learn more from their failures than they do their successes. You see, we chalk our successes up to hard work or even luck and don’t take much time to truly analyze why we were able to succeed. On the other hand, when we fail we are more likely to dissect the activities that led to our failure.
It’s like the baseball player who is on a hot streak. When his batting average is soaring, he takes little time to analyze why things are going so well. He’s just happy they are. But when he’s in a slump, the ballplayer will sit down and analyze every part of his approach to hitting. He’ll consider his game preparation and study video of his swing. He’ll look to make adjustments to his stance, his swing, or his bat to alter the outcomes that have become all too familiar. Like us, he takes his success in stride but obsesses over his failures.