It’s easy to be optimistic, confident and cooperative when the things are working. But what happens when there is a problem?

I play Lumosity, a set of games designed to improve cognitive processing, such as problem solving, flexibility and speed. When I play the speed games, I noticed that I’m doing pretty good until I mess up once. One failure almost always leads to another. Not because those failures are somehow related in the actual game, no, those events are designed to be completely independent.

However, they are related in my head. The first time I fail, I start thinking about failing, and I can’t focus on the game as much, which leads to more errors.

Don’t dwell on past failures. Keep going.