In life you will have Success and failure.. I’d love to meet the person, who has made through life without hitting a dead end at some point. In reality, 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 these failed spectacularly. But instead of letting these flops dictate his future, he kept going till he had 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
The advantage of taking some time off is that you get to reset your thinking. Use this time to assess how you can go about your goals in maybe a different matter. This is a rest not a give up.
- Stop Regretting
When failure happens, not more guilt in shame instead tell yourself you have figured out a way that doesn’t work. 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. Each time you try something you are learning ways that may or may not work. You are also learning about yourself. You are learning how much you can take on at any given time. Give yourself permission to start small. Even the smallest step will eventually get you there.
- 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 has derailed you in the past. If your previous plan needs a tweak, then do so and make it your new plan. You are not alone, check in with your coach. If you need to come up with a new plan entirely, just like Richard Branson, do it.
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.