Failure and success are part of our lives. But it is challenging to accept your failures and bring yourself above it. Failure is mere a cornerstone to your success as they can often point the right path to follow. Failures of all types must be handled in the best way possible. But when life brings you down, you have to learn to face your failures and fears to prepare for success. Not sure if you can do it or not?
Here are the best ways that can help you dust failures off yourself and get back to your routines easily:
1. Emotionally Motivating Environment
When you come across your fails, it is natural to feel hurt emotionally. 48% of people admit the negative impact of stress on the professional and personal life. Therefore, it is essential to come out of the emotional state and let yourself heal. No one is expecting you to recover right away.
Take your time and find an emotionally motivating environment that gives you the power to take over your failures. During this phase, you are required to concentrate on whatever good you can find around you. An emotionally healing environment can reduce your stress and make the healing process faster.
2. Plan Your Next Actions
The best way to reverse the negative impacts of failure is to move forward. Decide what you are going to do next. Your next actions should be productive enough to bring back the results that you wanted. If the effects of failure are irreversible, try to find another way that can help you succeed. Even if you haven’t prepared for the possibilities of encountering failure, there is still time to plan your actions and your approach to managing the current situation. It’ll give your mind a diversion and help you think your way through the failure you have encountered.
“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” – Robert Kiyosaki
3. Turn Your Mistakes Into Your Lessons
Failures are the stepping stones to your success. Each failure you encounter brings you one step closer to success and, ultimately, points you the right way to success. It is crucial to learn from the mistakes you have made and never to repeat them.
And failure holds the potential to teach you that. Mistakes that are responsible for your failure points towards the right way to complete a task. And this is what we need to succeed in our life. From now on, you do not require the direction of anyone as your mistakes are guiding you in the right way.
4. Mistakes Are Natural, Don’t Pity Them
We all make mistakes. Most of the successful entrepreneurs of today have learned many lessons from their failures and became successful later on. There is nothing wrong with failing or making mistakes. Without learning the right way to perform tasks, it is obvious to fail multiple times.
Therefore, remember to get yourself up from the pit of failures or mistakes and focus on what you are going to do next. Despite experiencing what failure feels like, do not fear to face it again. The way to success passes through multiple failures, and by learning the right way to perform operations, you can ensure you achieve the success that lasts long.
5. Find Inspiration
There are a plethora of motivators in today’s world who focus on encouraging personnel to bring out their best. Seek inspiration from them. The internet has brought the entire world on a common platform, and it has become easier than ever to contact anyone from any corner of the globe.
Search for a motivator who relates to your failures and current situation the most. Seek their support. You can also find motivation and inspiration around you from your friends and family. During your tough times, all you need is a shoulder to cry on as they can motivate you to move further and focus on the best aspects of your life.
6. Re-Evaluate and Plan for the Best
What went wrong? The answer to this question can help you evaluate your actions and find the possible mistakes you made that caused your failure. For example, a startup owner launching their ride-hailing business can assess their efforts that precipitated the unexpected failure of their business idea.
Whether they lacked in providing efficient services, or the application was not a fit, and many more can be the reason behind their failure. Similarly, you can find out the mistakes that occurred, or you did that contributed to your failure. This helps you understand the actions that attract failure and plan out your next steps accordingly to never let them happen again.
“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe
7. Expect the Best Results
Even after failing multiple times, you must keep your hopes high. The fear of failure often causes a trauma that doesn’t let a person get over the failures they receive for their best efforts. But this is the time when you need to visualize your success. Without fearing the failures, you must plan to succeed by keeping the lessons you have learned from your mistakes.
Expecting a tangible outcome for your efforts can help you keep your hopes high and alive. Visualize your success in your mind and plan for the actions you find are suitable for achieving it. The best way to fight your failures is by improving on the efforts and facing it head-on.
Do not let failures affect your self-esteem. Keep your morals high, and do not lose self-confidence. By learning how to overcome these tough situations, you can achieve success and keep your failures at bay. A positive environment, motivators, and the ability to learn from your failures can help you reach the peak of success.
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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