Failing is painful. It bruises the ego, forces you start over and even has the potential to stop you dead in your tracks. While this is true, failure doesn’t have to mean these things alone. With the right perspective, failure can also mean a rebirth, a chance to start over the right way and another chance to succeed. Though starting over after failure can be tough, we can use the opportunity to learn from our mistakes so we can succeed in the future. In our post today, we take a look at how to start over after failure.
After failure, sure, there’s the option to give up and throw in the towel. However, if your goal, whatever it is, means enough to you, your only true option will be to try again. Hard as it may be to hear, failure is a part of life and an integral part of success. This means that in life, we will face failure multiple times. This also means that to be successful, we must learn how to deal with failure and how to start over after failure.
On this note, we would like to share with you, some of our related posts on failure and starting over. We believe you will find them equally helpful:
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- Fifteen Quotes on Living Without Limits
- Seven Secrets of Highly Successful People
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So how do you start over after failure? In the next section of this post, we discuss four steps to starting over.
How to Start Over after Failure
- Let go anything holding you back: The first step to starting over after failure is to let go of anything holding you back. This means letting go of regrets, shame and disappointments of failure. This is particularly important because these regrets, like weights, can hold one back and stop you from trying again. Instead, let go of the past; of lost opportunities and disappointments. Learn from your failures and reach for success once again.
- Find out what went wrong: The value of failure only becomes accessible when we take the time to review and analyze past decisions. By taking time to stop and review, one can clearly identify key decisions that led to failure. Also, such a review helps highlight areas of weakness, required skills, etc, needed to succeed. These findings will prove useful when starting over.
- Reinvent Yourself: Starting over after failure means different things to different people. For some, it may mean a complete career change while for others it may mean starting another company. Regardless of what it takes, the key is to learn from your past failure, let go of past disappointments and reach for the future. Don’t let your failure dictate what you can or cannot do. Instead, develop strength in your areas of weakness and ensure you do not repeat past mistakes. Believe in yourself and reach for your goals.
- Change your Habits to change your Future: People’s habits, more than anything else, have a way of determining who they become. Chances are that you will become those things that you do consistently. As a matter of fact, as humans, we develop strength and skill in things we do repeatedly. So when starting over, remember to be consistent with your habits.
What types of failures have you experienced in life? Perhaps you’ve experienced a business or career failure. How did you handle it? What steps did you take to come out of it? Feel free to leave us your thoughts and comments at the end of this post. We would love to hear from you.
Today’s Funny Quote
As is our custom, we end today’s post with a funny quote. Today’s funny quote is an anonymous quote about chocolate;
Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.
Do you agree?
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Remember that you can start over after failure; you don’t have to give up. We look forward to seeing you again next week with another inspiring post.
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