Faith & Life: 5 Tips for Trusting God While Rebounding from Failure


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5 Tips for Trusting God While Rebounding from Failure

How to Inspire Success in Yourself When Life Has Gotten Off Track

by J.M. Troppello


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

I’ve felt like a failure many times. Have you? Maybe you’ve heard the quote by Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” I know the feeling of trying to succeed and that success is just out of my reach. I’ve had to find ways to get back up when I’ve failed.


5 Ways to Trust God While Trying Again


“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner

I love that quote from B.F. Skinner. Mistakes are going to happen. Yet, the real travesty is if you stop trying to succeed in the future. Don’t allow a mistake to stop you from making real progress in life.


1. Trust in God


If you’re a Christian, I urge you to go to God when you want to rebound from failure. It’s vital to take a step back and evaluate the situation. As you seek the Lord, it’s important to remain open to what God wants to reveal to you.


I’ve been there before where God revealed something to me, and I didn’t really want to acknowledge it at first. However, God is patient with us and that still small voice of the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to you. Just remember to stay open. The more you push God away, the less you’ll be able to hear His voice.


2. You Can Try Again


A big factor in rebounding from failure is to remind yourself that life isn’t over. Sure, things didn’t go as you’d planned. However, you have the opportunity to try again. You’re still alive. You have the chance to ask God to pave the way and to open the right doors in your life. Don’t try to do things on your own. Pray and read His Word. Ask God for wisdom as you rebound from failure.


3. Keep Making an Effort


If you have failed at something, at least you’ve succeeded at trying. That may seem like an insignificant consolation prize as you work through your frustrations from failing. However, take comfort in the fact that you had the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.


Remember, it’s all about your mindset. You can focus on the fact that you failed, or you can focus on the fact that you took a chance and tried something new. The perspective which focuses on finding silver linings in all situations can enable you to more successfully rebound from failure.


4. You Can’t Control Everything


There are times when you fail simply because things were out of your control. That’s a part of life. You can’t control everything. The sooner you embrace that fact, the sooner you’ll start to experience more peace in this journey of life. When those things happen, you need to realize that you are still enough and cannot be controlled by things outside your control.


Take a step back to reset your mindset. Analyze what happened and focus on the factors that are currently in your control—such as your drive to succeed and the talents God has given you, as well as the skillsets you’ve developed through the years.


5. Focus on the Journey


I don’t like the word failure. I’m sure you don’t either. Most people want to succeed and enjoy a fulfilling life. However, when you’ve failed more than once at different goals you’ve set out to achieve, failure can become a word symbolizing future disappointment.


Stop seeing failure as a negative word. Start viewing it as an opportunity to try again and to succeed. God sees you as His child. He will help you succeed as you trust Him and commit your plans to Him (Proverbs 16:3, paraphrased).


“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” – Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)

You are dearly loved by God. He made you uniquely you. Embrace that fact. Allow it to permeate your being and give you peace as you work toward success in your next endeavor.


Don’t allow failure to stagnate future growth in your life. Have you overcome any failures in your life and learned pivotal lessons from the journey?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J M Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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