Not too many people know how to bounce back when things don’t go according to plan. They get so caught up in the failure that you don’t know how to move forward. In fact, there are possibly very few people who have made it without hitting a dead end at some point in their lives. Failure is inevitable on the road to success. However, you can use it to your advantage rather than allow it to drag you down in life.
Take Richard Branson for instance. He invested in several business projects that did not materialize to anything: Virgin Money, Virgin Jeans, Virgin Wine, Virgin Vodka, Virgin Cars, and Virgin Clothes are some of his ventures that failed spectacularly. But instead of letting these flops dictate his future, he persisted and finally got a breakthrough in other projects such as Virgin Atlantic.
Here are five strategies you can use to get yourself back on track:
- Take Time to Heal
When things are not going according to plan, the psychological burden or stress can be hard to bear. Unfortunately, the burden doesn’t go away in one or two days; it takes time. Use this time to heal and don’t be in a rush to jump right back in until you are completely over your last setback. The advantage of taking some time off is that you get to reset your thinking.
- Stop Regretting
When you are about to enter into a business or a project, you should always have an open mindset about the possibility of failure, even if the chances of succeeding are great. That way, you get to embrace failure as part of the process. Always know that outcomes can swing either way and there’s no point regretting anything. At the end of the day, at least you know you tried.
- Note Down Your Mistakes and Learn from Them
An important lesson in life is to learn from your mistakes. Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb in the 20th century, made 10,000 attempts before he created the bulb. He remarked that the 9,999 ways he tried out before coming up with the one that lit the bulb were not failures but were instead stepping stones that aided him in achieving his goal.
- Come Up with another Plan
The last step in recovery is to ask yourself what next. Plan A has failed but it doesn’t mean that plan B will also fail, especially not when you have learned about what brought you down in the first place. If your previous plan needs a tweak, then do so and make it your new plan. If you need to come up with a new plan entirely, just like Richard Branson, then do it and avoid repeating the errors of your previous plan.
When the seeds of doubt start to form, remember the old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” It is those who persevere and pick themselves up that eventually make it.
Affirmations are essentially positive statements that re-program your mind for the positive. The moment you have a self-defeating thought you’d be able to counter the negative with a motivating statement. An example of a positive affirmation is: “I am worthy of great success,” or “I see myself in the winner’s circle.” What this does is replace negativity with thoughts that will help you move toward your goals instead of further away from them.
Positive self-talk is an effective way to set goals and ensure that you stick to them, even if you have never been able to do this before. The way this works is that you decide what goal is important to you, and then you plan the logistics of how you are going to attain this goal. When self-doubt starts kicking in, you will respond with affirmations that prove your success without surrendering to the negative pressure. Since you’re reading this article, it’s clear that you’re no quitter and you’re certainly not a failure, so start believing in yourself!
Positive self-talk is easier to implement than you might think. You may not be aware of the severity of the negative dialogue currently within your mind. However, once you begin with positive self-talk, you will suddenly realize that you are self-sabotaging the goals you set for yourself from the minute that you make them. This process can open your eyes to exactly how much this inner conversation has been interfering with your life. You’ll feel hopeful that you can now set goals and surpass them.
Through positive self-talk you will be able easily set long and short-term goals for yourself. And when you use affirmations, you’ll have accessible tools to help you push yourself further than ever before. Learning to quiet negativity with positive thoughts is a great move toward setting and attaining future goals with ease.