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5 Important Ways To Rise From Defeat

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Everyone falls down once in a while. We shouldn’t let defeat, failure or making mistakes overcome us because some things are just meant to be. Accepting moments as they happen and as they are will lead to your own self-liberation and a path towards something better.

By chasing my dreams I will incur defeat and loss along the way but that should not stop me in continuing to strive for my passion in life. This continuous belief will help you overcome defeat. Maybe you have been built to encounter such test and defeats to know what you can overcome.

Here are five ways to rise from defeat:

1. Remember why you started

Every time you encounter defeat you are forced to dig deep and look for energy reserves, passion, and belief in chasing your dreams. Constantly asking myself what’s my why? My why is refusing to be average; to inspire and motivate others, through my work and character. There are much bigger causes in the world that require our attention as opposed to focusing on just you.

There is a reason behind everything and you will discover it at the right time. We are not aware of the clockworks of the universe. It slowly ticks away and we face new obstacles in our path requiring constant affirmation, belief and hope that anything is possible. Every obstacle is a reminder to go back and reignite that spark when you first began your journey.

 

2. Get up and try again

The more time spent on focussing on the past the less time you have for improvement and becoming successful. There is no need to be melodramatic when things don’t go as planned. Use the time ahead to your advantage and try as many times as you can to make your breakthrough. Ask yourself if what you’re doing is getting you closer to your goal.

Success is the by-product of small efforts coming together as one. Nature’s law shows us that good things come in time and if you wish to see change then put effort in harvesting the seeds that you have planted. The advice is simple; get up, show up, and be ready for your next bout.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

3. Silence the voices

Voices reside in our minds as doubts, which build up as fear and worry us about what is next. Added pressure also comes from what others will say about you. The only person you should aspire to be is a better version of yourself. You won’t do yourself any good if you’re constantly gaining other people’s appreciation to make yourself feel better because if you incur failure it leads to a cycle of destruction.

Part of success is learning how to control pain and using it to build strength. That control is won by counteracting negative thoughts on a daily basis with positive energy. Gain positive energy right away with “I can do it”, “I will do it” spirit. Just a little positivity goes a long way and makes your goal more clear.

 

4. Find support

Your confidence is shaken so you avoid talking to people because it hurts to elaborate on the way things unfolded. Creating a framework of support from extrinsic motivators like family, friends, and mentors will provide fuel for your motivation. Admitting defeat and talking about it is self-liberating and a source of building courage.

Ask your peers how they overcome obstacles and I’m sure their stories will be a source of inspiration and motivation. Therefore you must engage in important conversations; work together and ask as many questions as possible to get that spark to reinvigorate your confidence again. It is tough trying to make it on your own and that’s why success sometimes isn’t an all alone thing it is an altogether thing.

 

5. Learn patience the right way

In order to adapt to sudden defeat, treat it as a temporary process because it becomes easier to handle. There is no finish line to failure and see it as a continuing process where you can grow. You may think that continuing on is hopeless but patience teaches one to act differently and by not being bitter.

All you have to do is work hard on planning. You will rise again because the fruits of your labour don’t always become evident but more that your patience is required. Nurture your dreams with patience and get ready to shine.

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting” – Joyce Meyer

We all carry a massive weight on our shoulders and it feels as if the world has come to an end. Defeat it is just a small thing, so let go. The world goes on regardless and you still exist. Failure offers you a new perspective and a new breath in life to say to yourself: it’s ok.

Think of a spectrum; somebody out there on one end doesn’t have the same opportunities as you so in that regard feel blessed and humbled that you have something.

If you want to rise from defeat, watch the video below:

How are you going to rise from defeat? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Besides working in the field of science; helping patients through genetic testing, my purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles and stories from around the world. I love to engage creative and ambitious minds on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/motivationwithusman.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Gokul

    Mar 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Excellent article usmaan. Thanks for sharing this great insight

  2. Stewart Walker

    Mar 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    The way to rise from defeat is to keep focus, show patience, take the defeat as feedback and to move on with more determination.

  3. Tim Denning

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Patience is the most important thing. We will all suffer setbacks and losses but if you can tap into your patience, breathe and reset your thoughts, you can move on easily. Great article Usman.

  4. ERICK WERE

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Great post. Thank you Joel.

  5. chandu

    Mar 11, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Nice sir

  6. Garnet

    Mar 11, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Great article bro, ever so often we are paralyze by our assume failures. I personally hold the thought that people who accept failures as gateways to reinvention and opportunity to be better the next time around. Will always have the edge over everyone else. Thanks for sharing. Keep inspiring.

  7. Heitem Ak

    Mar 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Excellent article Usman!

    When we fail, we tend to ponder, searching for new meaning to our lives, exploring the potential for possible answers and solutions for achieving our goals. In fact, failure is a crucial part of goal achievement. It acts as life’s guiding light and as mother nature’s chisel, playing an important role in improving each subsequent iteration and generation of life.

    And I love this Quote;
    “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting” – Joyce Meyer

    Heitem Ak

    • Usman

      Mar 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Thank you for reading my article. I personally love the quote about patience. Yes failure does add a new meaning to life; it teaches us to be strong and shines light on a totally new path that was really meant for you and helps you discover your real purpose. Failure opens doors that we’re not aware of and that is why I always say that failure is success turned inside out.

      I invite to my facebook page; please search “WORK HARD DREAM BIG and don’t forget to hit LIKE.

  8. مظنه

    Mar 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    “Silence the voices” this one is five star tip, thank you Usman.

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Money Making a Difference – Examples of Billionaires Using Their Money for Good

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How many times have we wished to be in the shoes of a billionaire? People often daydream of having a ten digit bank account, and what they’d be doing with it. In an instant, we’d picture luxury yachts, extravagant sports cars, the finest wine and jewellery, and a whole lot of things which are difficult to pronounce. It is truly difficult to separate wealth and luxury. (more…)

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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.

But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.

Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.

These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.

1. Include short breaks

My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.

2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking

Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.

3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule

A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!

These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!

1. Music

This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!

2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery

When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.

3. Love what you do

This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.

These last few tips are Industry-related!

1. Make sure you have fun projects

Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.

2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year

Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.

3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry

View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.

These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!

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7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success

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Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.

Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.

Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.

I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.

Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.

Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:

1. It Solves Your Problem

When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.

2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress

Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety. 

Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. Increase Your Focus

Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate. 

Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing,  and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.

4. It Helps in Redefining Success

Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential. 

If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.

5. It Boosts Your Health

Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically  affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments. 

Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present

Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations. 

Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.

7. Stay Aware and Positive

A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally,  it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self. 

Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.

To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.

Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!

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