Keeping Motivation While Failing Consistently

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The title is the key factor, I've realized.

I mean crap! All of us, at some level, are trying things. And all of us, if we're really putting ourselves out there, are failing.

The difference, I've found, in those who actually get results and those who don't is their ability to keep their ambition and drive stimulated, when they're consistently losing.

It's... do you have the ability to show up to game 16, after you've lost all 15 previous games.

I'm not saying I'm a wizard in the area, but, doing simple crap like meditating, and deliberately keeping my brain on the wave length of optimism and creativity, helps.

What do you guys think? How do you keep motivated when you consistently experiences setbacks? (which is just part of entrepreneurship)

This can have to do with your engagement in internet marketing, or any other ventures you're into.
#consistently #failing #keeping #motivation
  • Profile picture of the author anja98
    having a positive mindset will naturally keep yourself motivated. Its the attitude towards success.
    ways I keep myself motivated to keep moving on:
    1. take breaks, reward myself
    2. think of why you fail and how to improve on it
    3. have an action plan
    4. create a daily todo list, strike them off after you finish them

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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    Ultimate success depends on having a very clear, very purposeful goal in mind. If you know without a doubt exactly where you want to end up, then the path that takes you there is incidental.

    A clearly defined goal is all that is needed for motivation ... even through setbacks and roadblocks.

    If your ultimate goal is NOT clear enough, then that brings you to the popular saying: "If you don't know where you are going, you are certain to get there!" (Meaning, "nowhere.")

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    • Profile picture of the author wangui
      I agree with these wholeheartedly. Think about it if you know where you want to go and before you start the journey you are convinced that you will get there and that getting there adds value to your life then it does not matter what you face on the way. Your mind is fixed on getting to the destination come rain or sunshine.

      What keeps me going during tough times is the end picture in my mind and I do not care what anyone says or does. I believe with all my heart that whatever a persons mind can conceive can be achieved.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    I keep my eyes on my definite purpose. Visualization helps, reading books and listening to audios helps. What helps the most is my 100% BELIEF that I will succeed at my mission. That belief allows me to look at temporary defeat as a positive occurrence. I am getting closer to the completion of goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Learning something from my “failures” (etc.) keeps me going in the direction of my goal(s). There's more info in the eReport in my signature link. Basically, I practice this quotation from Napoleon Hill
    (“Think And Grow Rich”)

    “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    @anja98 - I really like the rewarding yourself thing. Big deal! Thanks for your awesome reply.

    @Jonathan 2.0 - Good old Napoleon! Loved Think And Grow Rich.

    @jamesrich1 - Glad maintaining focus on the outcome works for you.

    @GT - Great answer - I would say, though, that success (which is a very nebulous, overused term at this point) depends on a lot of things. A clear vision is important, but, as an example, if you don't have the psychological competency to follow through with the thousands of everyday tasks, and long term building you'll need to actually build outcomes, you.... WON'T BUILD OUTCOMES!

    But - yea, you're right on your point. The clear mission is necessary. Even though it can change for people, all the time, considering how fast the world/technology/people changes.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by rcritchett View Post

      @Jonathan 2.0 - Good old Napoleon! Loved Think And Grow Rich.
      Yeah great book. : ) "Fail forward" as they say.


      Here's a simple little "diagram" which helped me understand this concept:
       
      0 ____^____^___^_____ Goal

      ^ = Failure/stepping stone/progress
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  • Profile picture of the author alanbluecat
    It might sound a bit corny, but don't think of it as failure - think of it as learning what doesn't work.

    And take inspiration from Thomas Edison and Col. Sanders who found out what didn't work thousands of times before they finally succeeded and found out what DID work.

    Every time something doesn't work you're another step closer to finding what does - as long as you keep moving and as long as you don't just keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different results.
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    Originally Posted by rcritchett View Post

    The title is the key factor, I've realized.

    I mean crap! All of us, at some level, are trying things. And all of us, if we're really putting ourselves out there, are failing.

    The difference, I've found, in those who actually get results and those who don't is their ability to keep their ambition and drive stimulated, when they're consistently losing.

    It's... do you have the ability to show up to game 16, after you've lost all 15 previous games.

    I'm not saying I'm a wizard in the area, but, doing simple crap like meditating, and deliberately keeping my brain on the wave length of optimism and creativity, helps.

    What do you guys think? How do you keep motivated when you consistently experiences setbacks? (which is just part of entrepreneurship)

    This can have to do with your engagement in internet marketing, or any other ventures you're into.
    I keep motivated by constantly staying positive and also by learning from my past mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Thomas Edison found 10,000 ways a light bulb wouldn't work. A traditional marketer expects to work 60-95 hours a week for three years before they make any money.

    Are we expecting immediate success? I know I did. I had a rude awakening, and then I thought, "I am close, I don't know how close." I still believe it, until all my cards are played i.e. all the things I can reasonably do to make my site profitable are done.

    But, yeah...we need constant motivation. It is a key component of my Earn More Spend More Group plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author kirajx
    I learnt a lot from my failures in IM .. Failures helps us improve but we also need constant motivation in order to succeed in whatever we do
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Having a big goal is really important. It's the thing that will keep you going after you're dusting yourself off after the third "disappointment."

    The goal remains the same; the plans for achieving it change.

    It's OK to "fail." Failure is only failure if you stop taking action and make it permanent.

    Otherwise, "failure" is simply feedback. "That didn't work well. Better adjust or come up with something else." Please note I'm not saying jump from shiny thing to new shiny thing. What you may think is disappointing may be totally typical results for the first phase of this kind of project--you just lack the technical knowledge or experience to understand that. Most people give up too soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author perrykaren
    i agree with GT
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    Awesome responses everyone! This is an awesome thread so far!
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  • Profile picture of the author leorocking25
    I agree with this but thing is that while we are constantly fail everything seems to be frustrated.
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  • Profile picture of the author carolw44
    I just pick myself up and keep on going, over and over, for two reasons:

    1. I just have this feeling that I will make it, and
    2. All the alternatives I can see at the moment are not what I want

    In the process I'm finally attaining a feeling of genuine competence and it seems just lately that a lot of new options are showing up (like my first WSO, for example)

    It has been a long haul.
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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    Originally Posted by rcritchett View Post

    The title is the key factor, I've realized.

    I mean crap! All of us, at some level, are trying things. And all of us, if we're really putting ourselves out there, are failing.

    The difference, I've found, in those who actually get results and those who don't is their ability to keep their ambition and drive stimulated, when they're consistently losing.

    It's... do you have the ability to show up to game 16, after you've lost all 15 previous games.

    I'm not saying I'm a wizard in the area, but, doing simple crap like meditating, and deliberately keeping my brain on the wave length of optimism and creativity, helps.

    What do you guys think? How do you keep motivated when you consistently experiences setbacks? (which is just part of entrepreneurship)

    This can have to do with your engagement in internet marketing, or any other ventures you're into.
    Ryan,

    Usually after a major setback I have to take a day or two to recover and then I can start taking control over my thoughts again. Sometimes it's hard to do, espeically after the death of a loved one. But in time I've always come back.

    Usually I look at others that are worse off than me and say if they can succeed so can I; or if they aren't complaining then why the hell am I, I have it better then them and I shouldn't be complaining if they aren't.

    Then I reread a book on motivaion, or watch a video, or listen to some audio. Within a week or two I have my motivation back in high gear and I'm at it full steam again.

    Take care,
    Jim
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    • Profile picture of the author watty12
      My desire is so strong that it just keeps me going whatever. I already know that I'll have set backs, and all I do is think about my end result and that motivates me to carry on regardless. I do go out and take a bit of exercise though (only walking a dog), but that frees my mind up to re-think and re-focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stoney
    I think that knowing that I have worth outside of what I do helps. I don't think it's enough, like GT said, to have a clear goal. It means that, even if I fail, I am not a failure. It simply means that I am brave enough to keep trying. My failure does not define me. That's the way to keep going even through setbacks.
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  • I usually listen to other people stories to keep myself motivated. Whether their stories are inspiring or not, it keeps me motivated when ever I listen to their stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    If you have this motivation like you are saying but keep on failing then maybe there's still something missing with what you're doing. Try to analyze your actions and do something about it.
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