7 mantras to pull yourself out of a rut after failure


Scrolling down your favorite social media feed, I'd bet you'll find more than a few articles and lists of ways to succeed -- how to conquer in your industry. Seldom do I ever see guidelines on how to handle the times when we do everything right, and fail. It is possible, it's damn near inevitable if you're on a path to living your purpose. 

So where do you find refuge when Rome seems to be crumbling at your feet? My southern, Tennessee roots always take me back to good 'ole baptist church lessons. I don't consider myself to be a religious person, but there I've always found motivating words about conquering fears and believing that I deserve everything I'm working towards. I like to think of a Sunday service as the equivalent to any conference I might pay for. One great thing my spirituality continues to teach me is how to get up and dust myself off after disappointment. 

Here are a few post-it note worthy mantras: 

  1. Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it. 
  2. Look to yourself to find what you can change to have a better experience the next time around. 
  3. Be willing to follow the plan of the universe. Change happens for a reason -- ADAPT. 
  4. Stop bringing up old stuff, and start creating the new. 
  5. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Pace yourself, but don't cling to the idea of being perfect. 
  6. Don't be the person who taps out before you get to the finish line. The recipe for resilience is optimism, confidence, and creativity. 
  7. Focus, focus, focus -- everyone has problems with focusing. The only cure is to keep going!

If your setback was bad, just imagine how great your come back will be.