Perseverance plays a big part in most anything we set out to do if we ever want to succeed in it. This applies to us bloggers as well. Blogging is a very good creative outlet for writers and a potential income-generating pursuit as well. As bloggers, we have to regularly come out with content-filled articles especially when we have a position or an image to maintain in the world of blogosphere. This is not a work-in-the-park activity and can be an exhausting brain-draining work.
Failures are among the biggest obstacles in our quest to succeed as bloggers. They sap our energy to continue writing. They make us lose confidence in our ability to be mentally productive. What is worse, this feeling can be pervasive and can affect our motivation to move and persevere.
One reason for the loss of confidence is when the decision we make or the option we choose turns out to be the wrong one. We make several decisions daily and it is unavoidable that some of these decisions go wrong. For some, these failures cause them to lose heart and quit.
Another more devastating reason why we lose confidence in ourselves is when we fail despite putting our best effort and doing everything possible to prevent this from happening. This particular failure gives us the feeling of helplessness.
Here are some tips on how we can bounce back from these failures:
Work on our mindset. The belief that we have the ability to excel is a big factor for achieve excellence. Let us change our perspective on how we see failures. They can look at them as insurmountable stumbling blocks on our road to success or we can regard them as guideposts to the right path to the achievement of our goal. Instead of being deterrent, they can be propeller to push us faster towards our triumph. Bumps on the road are common but they are not impossible to manage with some manoeuvring.
We can take failures as signs that we coming closer to reaping our reward. Below is a true story on the wisdom of moving on despite the obstacles:
Capt. Matthew Webb tried to swim across the 22.5-mile English Channel in 1872. His 1st attempt was a failure because after swimming for almost 5 hours, the fog (his obstacle) blurred his view of France where he was supposed to land so he gave up. He later realized that he was only half-a-mile short of his destination. He later succeeded in his 2nd attempt and considered the first man to swim across the Channel successfully. Let us see our longer wait for the attainment of our success is not a matter of our lack of ability but rather just a matter of time needed.
Confine and isolate our failures. We should not generalize them. Let us discard the thoughts in our mind that ”failures are inevitable and always bound to happen”; or that “we can never overcome them”. These and similar negative thoughts only condition our minds for failures, so they happen — what we think becomes reality for us.
Thinking that such failures are just isolated events will help us reset our mind to positivity and help us to bounce back faster.
Let analyze the actual damage and do not presume that it must be huge. Exaggerating the effect of the failure will not help but may worsen the situation. We may be overwhelmed by our preconceived enormity of the damage and lose the strength to recover.
Let us assess the actual wrong done and what is left intact. We should not panic and be paralyzed by the setback. We must start picking up the pieces and plan the steps to recover the loss. The sooner we act, the faster is our recovery.
Move on. Most of life’s failures are not beyond repair. Life will go on despite our failures. Let us not cry over spilt milk. Regretting over what has happened is time wasted and will only delay our recovery period. We should remember that there are still more opportunities ahead although we may not see them right now.
Getting up and moving on is our only way to go. Many successes of stories of well-known bloggers are results of their past failures. Our life can be another testimony of these success stories if we choose to it be one!