When I was four years old I was adventuring with my siblings down by a river and got stuck in the mud. Stuck on a level of no movement, ‘go get a parent’ level stuck. In this scenario, the cognitive distortion of limited thinking would have resulted in me thinking I’m a failure when it comes to adventuring, and doing it again will lead to failure again.

Obviously, this is false. Did I lose a shoe to the mud that day? Yes. Have I successfully navigated muddy riverbanks since? Also yes, including today.

Circumstances are ever-changing. One misstep or failure is just additional experience. It adds to your expertise. Your capabilities are defined by you.