Negative experiences are a part of life but it is important that you know that the negative experiences you face do not necessarily have to define you and it is also important that you know that you can always overcome any negative experience.
Do not let it stop you
Do not let negative experiences stop you from trying new things. For example if you had a bad stomach after you tried Chinese dumplings in Melbourne for the first time, do not let the bad experience stop you from trying other foods. Stepping outside your comfort zone will help you grow as a person and it will also expose you to the aspects of the world that have been hidden from you. Stepping outside your comfort zone will also make you realize certain things about yourself, for example you may realize that you are a more confident person than you give yourself credit for.
Use it to your advantage
When you go through a hard period in your life, do not try and forget about that part of your life. Instead it would be beneficial to you if you use the negative experiences you have gone through to help you move forward with your life. By reflecting back on the hardships you faced will help you learn from the mistakes you made in the past. You can also use your negative experiences not only to help yourself but to also help others. For example, if you decide to talk openly about the issues you have faced it might encourage other individuals who are also going through hardships to talk about their experiences. By talking publically about the issue you have faced will make you realize that you are not ashamed of your past and this courage to talk about the negative experiences you have faced will do wonders in enhancing your self-esteem.
Make a list
Making a list of your past failures and set backs will be a good idea as this would allow you to compare your past performance to your current performance because by comparing your past performance to your current performance will enable you to see the progress you have made. However, make sure you never compare yourself with those around you because the only person you should try and beat is yourself. It is vital that you run the race at your own pace because competing with others will only lead to unhealthy competition causing you to put unnecessary strain on yourself. It is important that you are aware of your abilities and the potential you have within you because this will encourage you to do things at your own pace.