There are a few things in life that can be as crushing as expectations, either by yourself or others (big or small). There is an immense fear of failure in this country, and probably throughout the world. This point of view is an immense scarcity in perspective. I have learned far more from my failures than my successes. Is it easy to acknowledge failure? No. However, there is not much accomplished when you pretend it didn’t happen, or worse, fail to take responsibility for the reason. In my opinion, it’s only a failure if you didn’t learn from it. Those eye-rolling, I used to be you.
I made a personal vow to myself in my business that regardless of if I was close to, achieved, or if I wasn’t even close, I would go for it with everything I had. I have had experience with doing the opposite because I thought not even trying to achieve it was better than failing miserably. You know what the result of that little experiment is? It makes you feel kind of shitty about yourself. Because there’s doubt on top of doubt. There’s doubt about your goal/ability to begin with, and then there’s doubt because you may have been able to accomplished the impossible if you gave it your best, die-trying effort. And sometimes trying hurts, and sometimes it hurts a lot. Failing hurts, too.
Regret also hurts and lasts far longer than any failure you have. I have had many experiences in both. Regret lingers because it haunts your subconscious. There are a couple of things crippling about regret. The unknown of doubt, positive or negative, is a plague on many souls. What ifs, because what if it worked? How would my life be different? The scale doesn’t really matter, either. Been there, done that. Big or small, lifetime or daily, the same thinking applies. However, dwelling on the past and beating yourself up about it does not serve anyone. Move on and learn how to do it better.