“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
When you decide to go after the things you want and you commit to becoming successful, you will inevitably encounter failure. How you choose to deal with it will determine how far you will get in your attempts to achieve your goals.
So often we fail at something that we’re trying to master and then we give it up because we make ourselves believe that it’s not even worth trying after failure. But that’s not the case. You can always start fresh the next day. You can even start fresh that same day in most cases!
In this post, we’ll review how you can overcome failure and not get discouraged by it. These tips will help you come back to center and keep going even after you’ve stumbled.
Practice Gratitude Daily
Sometimes we get so hung up on the fact that we haven’t accomplished whatever it is that we’re striving towards that we don’t take into account how far we’ve already come. Expressing gratitude puts things into perspective because it can remind you of the things you’ve done that you might have never thought were possible at some point. Acknowledging those things will make you realize you can accomplish what you want.
Set Intentions for Your Day
Something else you can do to get over failure is set an intention each day that will help lift you back up if and when you fail. The best way to do this is to sit in silence for a few minutes at the start of your day and set your intention then. Don’t know where to start? You can try something like “I will be present today”, or “I will be satisfied with my efforts no matter what” or “I will see the joy in everything today”.
Carry your intention with you throughout the day and if things get rough or when you feel unaligned, think about what your intention was for that day and fall back in line with however it is that you intended on feeling.
It’s helpful to have some affirmations that will help you remember how far you’ve come, where you want to go, and the significance of your progress. Use affirmations to remind yourself that you’re a work in progress, that you’re doing your best, and that it’s okay to stumble sometimes.
Examples of affirmations that will help pick you up when you fail:
- I don’t fail, I learn and I win
- I am becoming the best version of myself
- Nothing happens overnight
Don’t give up just because you failed once or twice. Even if you fail a few times, there is no reason for you to truly give up. If you’re consistent you will make it happen. Keep in mind that when you’re working on creating a new habit or reaching a goal, consistency doesn’t mean always getting it right, it just means always making an effort every single time.
If you fail at making an effort, forgive yourself, and continue anyway. With that kind of consistency, no matter what you are trying to accomplish, you will accomplish.
Finally, yourself a real chance at getting it right. To be clear, this doesn’t mean try for a week and give up after you realize that accomplishing your goal will be harder than you expected it to be. Give yourself a fair shot. If you’re trying to create a new habit give yourself at least thirty days to try it on for size.
If and when you fail, it’s also important to consider that it’s just one day or one instance of failure. Compared to the bigger picture, in the long run, that one instance won’t make a difference. This is a good perspective to take on in order to forgive yourself and keep your head high even if you didn’t get it right. No one is perfect. You can always try again.
These are tips that will help you get to the other side of whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish. Don’t let your self-limiting beliefs stop you from changing your mindset and habits and become a better version of yourself.