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Four Ways To Remain Motivated When You Feel Like You're A Failure

Jul 23, 2008
At one time or another most of us have failed at something we have attempted. We have been unsuccessful in achieving our intended goals with varying degrees, sometimes only narrowly and sometimes by a long chalk. The good thing to come out of failure is to use such experiences to become a stronger and better person.

Are you someone who can do this to help you get where you want to be? Are you really determined to accomplish your ambitions and turn this failure into a success story? How do you go about it? Well, it can be done by adopting a positive stance and engaging in enlightening self-talk. Here are four things you can do to ensure you stay motivated at times of disappointment.

"The only way is up" or "Things can't possibly get any worse"

Do you feel like you are on a downward spiral? Well, don't be too hard on yourself. When emotions such as disillusionment, embarrassment, a broken heart or times of self-doubt creep upon you, you have to remember you are only human. The problems arise when you have your finger on the self destruct button due to wallowing in this state of mind. Keep telling yourself that the only way to go from here is up. Use the fact that you have failed to make you motivated into embarking on the upward climb, look your past failure straight in the eye, get over it and move on telling yourself you have the opportunity to improve the next time.

When you keep your goal in mind and envisage reaching it you will soon find you are super charged in discovering ways to develop yourself. For instance if you need to improve at school, set yourself a regular study pattern and stick to it. If promotion at work is your plan, take classes in your own time to increase the skills required for the job. It does not matter what the failed task is about, you will always be able to use it to motivate you at some time in the future.

"Should I Change Direction?"

Have you reached a bit of a stalemate situation? If so, it may be easy to put right by taking a detour and heading towards your goal from a different direction. Re-assessment is necessary if things do not go according to plan. Review your situation, and make a new plan to get you on track and around the stalemate obstacle. The route you take may be different to the original plan but if it leads you to success, it really doesn't matter.

"This does not have to be the end of the line"

As we said at the beginning, everyone experiences failure at some time or another. However, this does not have to be the end of the line, unless, of course, you allow it to be. You have to just think, you did your best, you messed up and even though it hurts for a while, once you have done your grieving get back on the journey of achieving your goals. Tell yourself that your level of motivation will get you where you want to be, put your thoughts into actions and get on with it.
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