HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED, EVEN WHEN YOU FAIL
Failure sucks. It hurts when you’ve been working your tail off day and night to reach your goals, and you get smacked down by a heaping pile of fail. Not only is it painful, it can also feel like you’ve wasted your time. It totally isn’t a waste of time, and you can read why in this old post about embracing failure. It can feel like it though, and all those negative emotions that come from failure can take a serious toll on your motivation levels. That’s why we’ve written this post about how to stay motivated, even when you fail.
Accept your mistakes, but try not to dwell on them.
It’s natural to beat yourself up after a major fail, but all that negative self-talk is not going to help you get back on the horse. Instead of placing blame, try to accept that mistakes are an inevitable part of life, and that there is no success without failure. Once you’ve accepted your failure, it’s much easier to just let it go.
Learn from failure!
The best part about failing is that it gives you the opportunity to learn. Within every failure there is a lesson to be learned that will allow you to improve yourself. Next time you experience failure, it might help to sit down and write out all the things you learned from it. What can you do to be better next time?
Choose to be happy.
You might be thinking, “If there was a light switch in my head that would allow me to just turn on the happy, I would have done that a long time ago.” We understand. When you’re feeling down, it’s hard to imagine that happiness is a choice, and sadness is a very natural emotion to have after failing. You can acknowledge what you are feeling, and then make the choice to be happy instead, even when it feels like you can’t. You can do this by smiling a little more. There are studies that say facial expressions can actually influence your brain. So, smile away! You could also try accomplishing some things on your to-do list, meditating, or counting your blessings (we have a free printable gratitude journal that might help).
Think about what to do next, and act on it.
Write out a game plan! Keeping in mind the ‘Learn from failure!’ tip, try thinking about how to move forward and try again. Being proactive about finding a way to reach your ultimate goals, even when things don’t go your way, is the only way to step off the failure treadmill and into the land of success.
So, keep your chin up because you’ve totally got this! How do you stay motivated when you’re just not feeling it? Let us know in the comments.