Let’s say you didn’t do your finest work. You failed your standards of good work. Or perhaps, you couldn’t remain consistent and you got nowhere close to brilliance.
The urge of blaming yourself might be strong. You may consider some self-bashing. But what I’ve realized is that we don’t improve by putting a dunce label on ourselves or by declaring that we’re losers just because we were subpar once.
What we underestimate is that we’ll have other chances, many of them, and several opportunities to show up.
We’ll also do some brilliant work that can hopefully be appreciated by others. Until then, we can believe in ourselves a little more (instead of crumbling our self-esteem) and wait for our turns.
We can’t always do it wrong.