November 5, 2019 | 2 min read

How to Motivate Yourself After Failing


Like they say, failure is a part of life. And for someone to succeed, they will have to face and surpass failures first. However, it’s always easier said than done. For some, finding the courage to dust yourself off and try again can be somewhat daunting. This is because failure feels bad and painful—especially if you’ve put in a lot of effort to get a favorable result.

The good news is it’s OK to feel this way after one, but the feeling of regret and failure doesn’t need to stay. There are healthy ways on how you can pick yourself up and move forward after a setback. Here are some of them:

Allow Yourself to Feel Bad

Failures allow you to learn and grow, both as a person and even professionally. Investing time and effort on something that matters to you. And in times like this, it’s important to embrace how you feel. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t feel this way for too long and that acceptance and moving forward are crucial. After the emotional phase, you can start to make sense of what happened and get yourself back in the game.

Do Not Isolate Yourself

You are your worst critic. And often times, things aren’t really bad as they seem. This is why you need to reach out to friends and other people (lie a mentor) whom you know will support you. Doing so will help make you feel better about the situation and see things from a different perspective.

Learn From Your Mistakes

There’s a reason why failures are a stepping stone to success. Learn from what happened by analyzing your mistakes or how you could’ve done things. Learning from mistakes allows you avoid making them in the future, helping you formulate a more strategic and effective plan for success.

Make a Strong Comeback

What makes failures so great is it allows you to design a better master plan. So, after picking yourself up and dusting yourself off, you’re ever so ready to try again, but this time, you’re equipped with the knowledge, experience, and grit that you need to succeed. Keep in mind that it’s not about the times you failed, but the times you found the courage and strength to get back up.

Realizing the benefits of failure can help motivate you. After a huge setback, you’ll discover strength you never knew you had—and that’s the best thing a failure can give you.

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