Fail Hard: What To Do When You Fail In Life

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What is the importance of failure in life? “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived” is how the saying goes. Failure is probably one of the aspects of life most people are afraid of. But the truth is: everyone has failed and everyone will fail again. We sometimes forget that all successful people have failed, but they did not stop after their failures. They stood up and tried again, time after time. We tend to think that people who are successful were just lucky, it just fell into their laps or they just had the right connections.

So do not be afraid of failure, it is a part of your road to success. 

 #1 – Learn from it

In order to grow, you need failure, it is life’s ultimate lesson. Failing will happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, so you might as well have a ‘no fear’ attitude towards it. This does not mean you should expect to fail, but when it happens accept it.

There is value in failure. Through failure, you will get to know yourself better and you will learn from your mistakes. Failures make us rethink, reconsider, and find new ways and strategies to achieve our goals.

#2 – Stop fearing it

In order to reach your ultimate potential, your personal best, and to make the ‘impossible’ possible, you need to push yourself, go to the absolute limits, and definitely not fear failure. When you have a no-fear attitude and embrace failure it will maximize your motivation, determination, and perseverance.

If the thought of failing makes you anxious or stressed, the Stress Less Journal contains exercises to help you deal with situations like this. 

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#3 – Let go of your ego

No one wants to fail, because it is bad for our ego. Failure humbles you and will make you evaluate the situation better. When your ego is in charge, you will not learn from the mistakes you have made, you will not be open to other people’s views or see the situations clearly.

We need the learn, evaluate, and listen to other people if we want to see what needs to change in order to succeed. Your ego always wants to be right and will get in the way of you and your success. In order to be successful, we have to accept that we were wrong, evaluate, learn, and move on.

#4 – Boost your mood and get back up again

There are two types of people in this world, people who take failure personally, see it as a permanent situation, and give up, and there are people who use it as a lesson, do not take it personally but see it as a temporary setback.

We all feel an emotional low after we have failed, that is natural, human, and inevitable. But how we respond to our failures is what determines our road to success. If you feel an emotional low after you have failed, read or listen to stories of people like Oprah Winfrey and their journey to where they are now, this will help you get through your emotional low, get motivation and move on. Those successful people can’t stress the importance of failure in life, it worked for them! Another way of boosting your mood is back up is listing the thing you are grateful for at the moment. This will boost your positive emotions. The 365 Days Of Gratitude Journal  is a good way to start your gratitude journey.

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