Overcoming Business Failure

| September 23, 2015

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Inc. Magazine

Nothing sucks more than failing at something. When we don’t reach a goal, it can be hard to brush ourselves off and get back up. There’s a period where we feel bad for and want to take a day off, and during that time you feel drained. We’re lazy, grumpy, and not effective.

As an entrepreneur, you’re going to go through many moments like these. One of the important lessons to learn is how to deal with failure and get past it quickly. Your team will get its energy from feeding off of you. Because of this, the longer you become depressed, the more your entire company will suffer.

Below, I’ve listed three quick ways you can get over failure quickly and move on. The faster you get back up, the thicker your skin will get.

1. Go work out

When we’re sad or upset, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is go work out. Running is a great example of a way to get over failure. The endorphins that your body will produce after a long run will help you get your energy back, and you’ll get in a great workout at the same time.

The other benefit is it gives you time alone. When I’m upset, I don’t want to be around a lot of people. I need to be alone for a little bit to gather my thoughts and reflect. A long time at the gym or on a running path gives you the solitude you need.

2. Don’t focus on the problem, focus on a solution

Our mind always wants to focus on the negative. Everything in our body is built on survival. Because of this, we’re programmed to focus on all the bad things that are happening around us. This is why negativity rules the news and people must stare at a car accident and delay everyone else.

Instead of doing this, acknowledge the failure then immediately switch to looking for a solution. If you just focus on the negative, you won’t give your mind time to brainstorm and find a solution. Many times, the setback we encounter isn’t that bad. We magnify how bad it is because we don’t spend enough time on what we’re going to do to get back.

3. Focus on your routine

While being an entrepreneur is living a roller coaster kind of life, our habits is what must remain steady to keep us sane. We don’t have control over many things, but we do control the actions we take every day.

When we go through failure, the last thing we want to do is start breaking good habits and engaging in bad habits. This is what leads us down a slippery slope. Instead, to get over failure quickly, optimize your good habits and neglect the bad ones. This will force your body and mind to not lie down but to keep going. Overtime, the failure will run its course and you’ll be back to your old self in no time.

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