How To Bounce Back After A Set Back

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

With August being a month filled with results and a time where many of us (Those in the academic part of our lives especially!) are hoping to progress onto the next level of academic success come September; receiving a 'knock-back' or a result you aren't too happy with can leave many of us feeling extremely distressed and downhearted. Throughout the year, teachers often stress to us the importance of passing our exams and passing them well at that. It's lovely to see that our teachers have high hopes for us as students and want us to do well but I believe that it must also be stressed that it isn't the end of the world either. And so, if you're a little disappointed with your exam results this month or you've recently been knocked back by several job applications, I'm here to share with you today how you can bounce back after that set back. 

motivation after a setback

If at first you don't succeed, try again
As clichè as it seems, try again. Anyone can take the easy way out, accept failure and admit defeat. But use your setback to spur you on, to make you try harder, to boost your motivation and work for it again.

Know your faults
Understanding where you went wrong along the way can be a key factor in assisting you with moving forward and achieving your goals second time around. If you didn't quite achieve the grades you needed in your exams it could be quite useful to request to have your paper brought into your school/college from the exam board so you are able to see where exactly it is that you went wrong initially. In regards to job applications, if you're a student you could really benefit from asking your teacher/lecturer on advice on how to improve your CV and get you one step closer to that dream job!

Don't let the negatives outweigh the positives
One of the worst things you can do is focus your entire mindset upon the negatives. If you've failed one exam, don't let that dull your shine on the seven that you have passed. 

Take a different path
I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason and for that, some things just aren't meant to be. If it hasn't worked out for you this time then maybe that's life's way of telling you that your path in life lies elsewhere. Do what you love and love what you do. Set yourself some goals. Where do you see yourself in five years time? Which career path do you ultimately want to end up in in the end? Do your research. What do you need to achieve to get there. Be prepared for new adventures. There are far greater things in life than school and once you've landed your dream job, you'll look back at your schooling years and realise that teachers really do pile on a lot of unnecessary pressure to pass to their standards. As long as you have truly done your best then that's all that matters.

I hope you have found today's post somewhat useful. You will get to where you need to be in the end and if that isn't where you're headed today then life simply has another plan for you. But if you want it that badly, you will get there.
Until next time,

How do you overcome a setback?!
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