Motivational Monday 2/20
It happens to all of us at one time or another. Maybe you’re stuck in a slump, or maybe something terrible has happened and you’ve fallen into a hole you can’t seem to get out of. Them’s the breaks, and adversity is part of life. The trick is not to let these setbacks slow you do
Tomorrow is a new day
Now that you know that failure is nothing more than a temporary setback, here’s another great way to quickly get back on track. Always keep in mind that tomorrow is a new day. If we have a rough day and fail at something, it isn’t easy to keep our game face on and keep working through the day at full capacity. This is normal.
However, what separates the truly successful from everyone else is that they take their medicine, absorb the pain for that one day, and then come back re-energized and ready for full-out war the next day. They do not let the previous day’s defeat hold them back from achieving their goals. They do not complain or sulk, because that would only waste more time — time they could be using to make money.
Don’t dwell on the past
Successful people are able to rise above the fray because they focus on the task at hand and on how they can improve themselves. They learn from their past mistakes; they do not dwell on them. What’s done is done and cannot be changed. Successful people know this and don’t waste time or energy beating a dead horse.
The past is useful if you use it as a lifeline. That is, use it to learn from, and don’t repeat past mistakes. This alone will make you a better person. Avoid using the past as an anchor; it will weigh you down and hold you back. Don’t keep your entire past in active memory, because it will keep you docked for life, and if you don’t get out to sea, then you won’t catch any fish.
If your mind is busy going over past decisions and actions all the time, it does not have time to work on current problems and future plans. Without planning, no one can be a success.
Clear mind, clean execution
If you miss the game-winning shot one day, you must come to terms with it quickly and move on. If you do this, you’ll have a clear mind and will perform better. If you want to hit a home run, you must go to bat with the same mind-set you had the last time you hit a home run.
If you step up to the plate thinking about how you struck out the last two times at bat, then you’ll likely add another strikeout to your box score for the night. Leave the last at-bat in the past where it belongs; focus on hitting the ball.
Be a duck
Ducks are graceful creatures. When you see ducks swimming in a pond, they look as if they are floating along quietly, not moving a muscle. However, if you look underwater, you’ll discover that they are “paddling” furiously in order to move forward.
The point is that you must also be able to look serene and keep your game face on, even if your mind is racing along at 1,000 mph and your heart rate is only slightly slower. Take failure in stride by dusting yourself off, getting back up after a short breather and starting the battle anew the next day. Every day is a new day — a potentially great new day.