You get to decide if you want failure to be a chance to redirect your path toward success or to stay on the same path, doing the same old things, and getting the same results. It’s up to you.
Personally, I’ve done both. I’ve stayed on the same path of failure for far too many years in some areas, at different times in my life. I’ve continued in careers I didn’t care about. I’ve repeated bad habits that sabotage relationships and success. I’ve also chosen to drive a stake in the ground and mark a turning point. I’ve chosen to move forward in a new direction, sometimes in small increments, sometimes in a complete U-turn.
The problem is that, in the heat of battle, it’s easy to forget that you have a choice. It’s easy to just react, which usually means an emotional tantrum-style response to a problem that requires the exercise of wisdom and grace.
Which way are you headed?