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How to keep yourself motivated through failures

Written by Lizanne Dsouza- Founder Liz Lyn Careers

A lot of times in life, our first reaction to failure is to give up, and agreed sometimes its better to give up than to invest more time in something that isn't working out, however, I think it's important to understand why you are giving up before you do and make sure that it's not a pattern that you have created for yourself.

Here are some ways that you can keep yourself motivated during these failures

  1. Remember why you started: sometimes we fail not because the idea of what we want to achieve is incorrect but mostly because we have tried a method that may not be the best way. In this case, it's important to remember why you started something whether is a project, task, or business. Remembering the end goal will definitely keep you motivated to continue

  2. Take a break if you need to: Sometimes when we fail at something we go on and try to make it work immediately because we are afraid of the time that has been lost, taking a break will help you recalibrate your thoughts and maybe even help you come up with new ideas

  3. Ask for Help: There is no shame in asking for help and having a discussion with someone who has worked on a similar project or task, sometimes just talking to someone can motivate you to do better the next time.

  4. (Re) Start small: If you do not feel motivated immediately after you fail at something remember that you can always start small, start by even spending only 5 mins every day on the tasks and watch your motivation reignite.

  5. Write down the reasons why you may have failed: Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts cleared and out in a tangible way for the future, writing down why you failed will help you strategies better for the future.

  6. DO NOT take it personally: Remember that in life there will be many things that you fail at, try not to take it personally, and remember that what you do is only a part of your life and not your entire life.

Sometimes failure at one task can seem bigger than it really is and this, in turn, can bring us down in the other areas of our life, hence it's important to see things for what they are and remember to always move forward. Finding balance is key and this is the hardest.

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