How to Bounce Back From Failure

by Esther June Bilbao

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“Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success” — Ariana Huffington

We all have experienced failure at some point in our lives and that is okay. No one is perfect.

One of the common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs is the willingness to fail. Their willingness to fail is their key to be successful.

These entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks and experience failure. This is because they have a strong desire to succeed and an eagerness to cope up with challenges towards achieving their goals. 

To become successful, you must face your fear of failure. The fear of failure immobilizes you to take risks. It causes you to resist to move forward, progress in life, and miss opportunities.

It does not matter how many times you fail; what matters is what you do after a failure. Just bear in mind the famous proverb, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight,” which means not to give up, bounce back from failure, and always strive for more. 

Here are five ways to keep you encouraged to bounce back from failure.

1. Accept your failures

Accepting defeat is not an easy thing to do. But if you recognize it and learn how you can improve yourself, you will start to see success. Being honest about your mistake and accepting it is the first step resilient people do to bounce back from failure.

So don't sugarcoat your mistakes or hide the fact that you have failed. Have the courage to admit failure, own up to your mistakes, and accept the consequences. 


2. Stop beating yourself up about your mistakes

Successful people don't dwell on feeling defeated because of their mistakes. They don't run away from their mistakes, but they also don't stay in the state of defeatism for too long.

Therefore, stop putting yourself down and focus on the lessons that you have learned from a mistake.

Think of it as a learning opportunity and self-improvement. Learn how to forgive yourself from making mistakes and move forward.


3. Develop motivation on starting over again

If you failed on something, be the person who is not afraid to stand up and try over and over again.

Being persistent in life and continuing to move on despite the changes in your original goal plan is an important characteristic of a successful person.

It will motivate you to work harder to get closer to your goals and help you gain experience until you become an expert in whatever task you are doing.


4. Don't be afraid to dream big

Your goal to succeed will keep you motivated, chasing your dream, and help you bounce back from failure. You become more prepared to face challenges and have high expectations in your life.

Having such big dreams in your mind will boost your spirit and will make you believe in yourself so much that you can achieve anything.


5. Have an optimistic attitude

Having a positive outlook will prevent yourself from falling in a downward spiral when you experience failure.

Don't focus on the negative feeling that you have experienced when you are going through those challenges. Instead, look at the positive side of what happened and what you have learned from your mistake.

You might create more mistakes if you are dwelling on your failure because your subconscious mind is affixed on that pessimistic state. 


If you constantly worry about your future and feeling overwhelmed prevents you from having an optimistic attitude, then you should start doing something about it. There are many ways on how you can deal with failure. You can enroll in online courses, such as Life Mastery: Be Happy, Healthy And Successful, that can significantly change your life and help you move towards your personal and career goals to achieve total happiness.

About the Author 

Esther June Bilbao

Esther Bilbao is a writer for SkillSuccess, an online education marketplace of over 60,000 online video courses for professional and personal development.

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