Being motivated after failure is probably one of the most challenging things to do in life. The feeling of failing at something most likely means that you are a failure at everything. As humans, we often see failure as a negative reflection of our ability, and this can make it especially hard to deal with.
There is no denying that everyone has a failure at some point in their lives and/or careers. However, those who enjoy the greatest success do not fear failure and are even willing to talk about it.
Coming back from a failure is not easy but continuing amid failure is essential in our pursuit of success in life, business, personal growth, and relationships.
Failure and the Brain
Something interesting happens to the brain when we make a mistake. Making mistakes matures the brain, resulting in more efficient synapses and fundamentally altered neurons. In short, failure can actually make us smarter.
According to a report in published in Scientific American, your brain begins compiling information about the experience and actually gets bigger throughout the learning scenario. And while the brain returns to close to its original size after the learning experience, it retains new neural pathways by taking in new information and compiling the key takeaways from trial and error.
Failure is mere a cornerstone to your success as it can often point to the right path to follow. Failures of all types must be handled in the best way possible. But when life brings you down, you must learn to face your failures and fears to prepare for success.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
How to Remain Motivated After a Failure
Being willing to take risks is part of the leadership spirit. The fear of failure can be a solid inhibitor to seizing new opportunities in your career and your life in general.
- Take time to heal emotionally.
- Remind yourself that there is no success without failure.
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Create a positive mindset.
- Do not dwell on your mistakes. Accept them.
- Use your mistakes to master your art.
The Bottom Line
Failure is inevitable in life; however, the quickest you bounce back from that will help you learn from past mistakes, take notes, and get stronger and more prepared for what comes next.
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