Have you failed at something lately? If you have, great job. There isn’t anyone on this planet who can truthfully say they haven’t failed at something at some point in their life.
Failing is a natural part of the growing, maturing and development process of the human race. We fail because we are growing, we are exploring and we want solutions to life’s problems. We were meant to be curious, and curiosity will eventually lead us to success, but failure is a part of it all.
Unfortunately, we were taught that our failures were a sign weakness, bad luck and bad attempts at trying to improve our lives. The very same mistakes that are a sign of our ongoing attempt at living have been used to discourage and undermine our efforts to become better people.
Whenever we fail, we are tempted to fall apart, get down on ourselves and feel like our lives are over. We question our intelligence and reason for doing what we did in the first place.
“Failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar
Since we all make mistakes, you must remember that the mistake is never the issue it’s the way you choose to deal with your emotions when you do. You will feel bad when you fail, and that is normal but giving up on your dreams is never the right thing to do.
Below are 8 steps that will help to free you from the fear of making mistakes or assist you in forgiving yourself! Share this video if it resonates with you!
1. If you are not making mistakes, you aren’t trying
To improve and succeed at any task, you must be willing to take the risk and taking risk means you might fail. It is only natural for you to feel bad when you do, but you must remember, that is a sign you are making an attempt to find solutions to life’s problems. Do not dwell on those mistakes but use them as a learning tool. Learn the lessons and move on. If you learn the lessons from your mistakes, you won’t make them again, and you will become stronger, wiser and more experienced.
2. Everybody makes mistakes
As human beings, we are bound to mess up, and that does not exclude anyone. There are no road maps for dealing with life. We live our lives by trial and error, so we will make mistakes. Even if someone else has done the job before, to take it to another level you run the risk of making a mistake. Do not be deterred by that, but view it as an indication you are on to something and something special. Look at what you have done and work harder, but do not give up. You will eventually succeed if you do not quit.
3. Your failures are signs you are improving
When you find that you are making mistakes doing the right thing, do not become disheartened, it could mean you are on the right track. Be encouraged and motivated knowing that your mistakes are helping you to become better at what you are doing. You will also become stronger and more knowledgeable. Work hard to make sure your mistakes are better every time.
4. Your failure means you are very courageous
It takes courage to make an attempt at something you have no idea will work or not. You are investing your time, energy and money into something you have no idea what the results will be. Even though you might have failed, the fact that you gave it everything you’ve got says a lot about who you are as a person. Being courageous doesn’t mean you won’t be afraid, it only means even though you are scared to death you are courageous enough to make an attempt.
5. Your failures make you much stronger
After you have failed a few times, you would have become so much more resilient. When you have failed it is normal to be discouraged, frustrated and even angry but if you choose to get over your disappointment and anger, you will realize how much stronger you are. You will also be more determined to succeed and to prove to yourself and others that you can indeed succeed.
“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
6. Your failures help you to grow
When you have failed and have gotten over your disappointment, you are much more likely to dig deeper within you for strength you didn’t even know you had. You will realize what you are truly made of and how resilient you are. To become stronger and to grow you have to be stretched, and failure will help you to find within you the strength to continue. Failure helps you move away from what is comfortable.
Many of us understand that sometimes things happen for a reason, and even though when we have failed the reasons aren’t necessarily clear at the time we know it does. People who are open, will understand that their failure offers several other opportunities for them. The saying when one door closes many more open is so true. You must be willing to see the opportunities and go after them. Failure is just one door closing with many more opening because of it. Failure is never the end of your dream but the beginning of something bigger and better.
7. Your failures provide an opportunity for you to learn new things
Look at some of the most important people in history and see how they view failure. Thomas Edison said he didn’t fail he only found thousands of ways to solve the problem. He was saying he was learning several other ways to solve the same problem. This is the mentality you should develop. Failure is not the end but an opportunity to learn something new and to try another method to solve the problem.
8. Your failure provides you with other solutions you never saw coming
If you never try you will never know if your ideas will work or not. If you do not try, you will never know that you would have failed either, but it is better to have failed than to have regrets that you didn’t at least try. Sometimes you are attempting to achieve something but the result is something totally different but even greater. Sometimes your failures turn out to be your best success story.
You will fail and continue to fail as long as you are prepared to attempt something foreign to you but do not give up. Use your failures as stepping stone to your goals as the normal course of life and they should never be seen as a misfortune.
Use your failures as opportunities for further growth.
When you have hit a bad patch dig deeper, and you will eventually succeed if you do not give up.
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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Your Motivation Back
Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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