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5. Analyze how you explain failure
Do you blame yourself? Laying blame and taking responsibility are two different things. Pessimists blame themselves; optimists don't. Don't say, "I failed the test because I am stupid or incompetent." Do say, "I failed because the test covered material I didn't focus on when studying." In the latter situation, you are in control of changing the situation for the better. Realize that you can plan more effectively for similar challenges in the future. Beating up on yourself is self-defeating; it leaves you feeling powerless when, in fact, you are not.
6. Get enough sleep and eat properly during tough times
When your schedule is packed with events, chores, challenges and responsibilities, make sure you take care of your basic needs first. If you become overtired or undernourished your body is less capable of performing well under pressure.