10 Motivational Tips For Those Times When You Experience Failure
Everyone fails at some point in life, even the most successful people. What’s key is how you react to failure. In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 motivational tips that will help you to get back on the horse when you’ve been knocked off it.
People fail. It’s just a fact of life. When you were a kid, there would have been times when you failed at school. As you got older and tried more things, you probably experienced more failures.
Contrary to a really skewed popular belief, failure is not something only “losers” experience. Winners have all failed.
That’s right. All your favourite athletes, singers, actors, entrepreneurs and so on have all failed at some point or other. What gave them their winner’s edge was the way they were able to respond to failure. In other words, they learned how to be motivated to come back stronger and bounce back from setbacks.
If you’ve realised that failure is not the end of the world but is instead life’s way of telling us to try a different way, the next step is to figure out how to respond positively to a bad result. We can help. Let’s take a look at 10 motivational tips for those times when you experience failure.
Remind Yourself What You Stand To Lose If You Quit
Winners have probably all considered quitting at some point. The legendary boxer Muhammed Ali hated training. But he knew he had to endure because glory was a really powerful incentive. And so he kept going.
Sometimes, we all have those moments of reflection where we think about quitting. But then we have to remind ourselves how far we’ve come and what we stand to lose if we quit.
If you fail once and are thinking of giving up altogether, take a moment to think about what you stand to lose if you don’t try again. What will your life look like in a years’ time if you don’t keep going? What will you have lost?
Look To The Future
Leading on from that last point, the future is a powerful motivator. If manage to bounce back from your failures, just picture what your future will look like. It’ll look pretty amazing, right? Maybe you managed to launch your business, which is making $20,000 in revenue during its first year and is attracting interest from a few investors.
Perhaps you’ve got your own apartment by now, and can afford three vacations a year. Life is looking pretty swell.
But this future is only possible if you keep your eye on the prize and respond positively to failure.
When you need to stay motivated after a setback, just picture how amazing your future will be if you can keep going.
Look Around You
Take a quick look around you. Is this what you want to settle for? You weren’t prepared to settle for it when you first had a go at something. So why should you settle now?
Remind yourself that you deserve more from life, and that you’re capable of more.
Remind Yourself Why You Are Doing This
You tried something and it didn’t work out the first time. You might feel like quitting … until you remind yourself why you tried in the first place.
What drove you on to give it a go? Did you try something for the benefit of your family? Did you try something because you wanted more freedom or more money?
Remind yourself of why you’re doing this and use that as your motivator to come back stronger.
Read Success Stories
A lot of us grow up with the belief that successful people were destined for success from birth. They were born into wealthy families who paid for their fencing lessons, took them to business club after school, and basically raised them around successful people. They couldn’t lose!
But while some successful people are born into success, many aren’t.
To inspire you to bounce back from your own failures, it’s a fab idea read about how other people bounced back from theirs.
People like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs all achieved success from the jaws of defeat, and reading about how they overcame their setbacks can motivate you to overcome yours.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Sure, you made mistakes the first time around. But the great thing about a mistake is that it can be corrected.
Now is not the time to dwell on a mistake or repeat it. Now is the time to learn from it.
Keep Doing The Right Things
After a failure, do you close the curtains, curl up on the sofa with a movie, popcorn and soda and turn your phone off?
Or do you keep going hard and doing the right things? Do you keep learning, reading, listening, and watching the right things? Do you keep eating properly, seeing people and working out?
It’s important that you stay energised and focused after a defeat. It will definitely help you to stay in the right frame of mind to stay motivated.
Celebrate How Far You’ve Come
You’ve already come so far. Just look back at where you were five years ago. You have come so far. You’re so close to achieving something. Are you just going to walk away from that?
Read Inspiring Quotes
After a defeat, sometimes the only thing needed to help get us back on the saddle are a few powerful and inspiring quotes.
Just Google “inspiring and motivational quotes.” Read them. Get inspired. It helps.
Remember That Failure Is Just The Start
For quitters, failure is the end. For winners, it’s just the start.
All winners have started with a failure. And they say that you should fail as soon as possible, otherwise failure really does become harder to take.
The road to success is a rocky one, and it won’t be plain sailing. A failure is just natures way of telling you that you took the wrong path first time around.