Motivation 9 | Defeat and Failure – how do you deal with them?

Defeat and Failure.

What does defeat mean?

win a victory over (someone) in a battle or other contest; overcome or beat.
“Garibaldi defeated the Neapolitan army”
synonyms: beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish; More
noun: defeat; plural noun: defeats
an instance of defeating or being defeated.
“a 1–0 defeat by Grimsby”
synonyms: loss, beating, conquest, conquering, besting, worsting, vanquishing, vanquishment, game, set, and match; More


I was listening to ‘The Body and The Beast’ podcast this week. Jamie Alderton and Dan Meredith were discussing the difference between ‘failure’ and ‘failing.’

Failure is permanent whereas failing is just temporary. Failure is a mindset whereas failing is just a setback.

Some of the biggest and most successful people experienced a hell of a lot of defeat and failings before becoming triumphant, take JK Rowling who was rejected by 12 publishers before getting a deal for Harry Potter; or Steve Jobs who was fired from Apple before returning and leading the company to global success; or even Walt Disney who was told he wasn’t creative enough.

Failure makes you more determined as a person to succeed, but also allows you to find the correct path to take.

What are you afraid of? I know I am afraid of failing, but really the question should be, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ If the consequences of your actions aren’t all that bad, then jump in and see what happens!

Take a risk this week and see if it pays off…

Love Abi xxxx

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