Seven Tips to Lift Your Spirits When Your Plans Fail

Seven Tips to Lift Your Spirits When Your Plans Fail

Last update: 01 December, 2021

“Don’t allow the good days to go to our head or the bad days to take over our hearts”.  This is one of the most famous sayings from Jeremy Bloom, successful businessman and elite athlete. In fact, who better to give advice on how to lift your spirits than him?

Throughout your life, you put various plans into action. They might be relationships, forming a company or business, friendships, trips abroad, etc. As a matter of fact, everything that surrounds you involves some kind of entrepreneurship and you’re constantly making decisions.

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

-Victor Hugo-

However, not all of your plans will turn out well. Sometimes, you get it right and you enjoy your success. At other times you fail and try to learn from your mistakes. You certainly don’t have to get stuck in them. In fact, you should make sure you get out of these potholes. Jeremy Bloom suggests some tips for achieving this, dependent upon your personality type.

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Jeremy Bloom

Before starting with Bloom’s ideas, we should learn a little more about this philanthropist and entrepreneur. Indeed, as a former athlete, he knows a great deal about competition, defeat, and how to look ahead to get back up after a failure.

Jeremy Bloom is the only North American athlete to have achieved the ability to practice two sports, reaching the elite level in both. In fact, he was a two-time Olympic ski champion and a professional American football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Additionally, Bloom has studied business and entrepreneurship at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Colorado. Today, Bloom is a renowned successful entrepreneur and CEO of the company, Integrate. He works with well-known brands like Dell and is a philanthropist involved in the Wish of a Lifetime Charity. This organization fulfills the wishes of people over 80 years old.

Ways to lift your spirits after failed plans

Jeremy Bloom, in his magnificent book, Fueled by Failure: Using Detours and Defeats to Power Progress, gives different tips for you to employ to lift your spirits when your plans fail so you don’t fall into a depressed and deteriorative state:

  • Put a limit on your mourning time. When you’ve failed, you have the right to feel down. However, after a while, you must put an end to your period of mourning, and feelings of anger and begin to look to the future with optimism and hope.
  • Identify your mistakes. When something goes wrong, some of the blame will be your own. Therefore, you should identify the mistakes you made, and learn from them so that they don’t happen again. This exercise requires you to be really honest.
  • Don’t take it personally. It’s better not to get too angry because there are always both good and bad moments in life. Therefore, the failure of a project certainly shouldn’t be a reason to lose hope.
  • Be realistic. Your plans have failed. Now it’s time to get back up and be realistic. You must define a strategy that’s feasible and balanced to avoid frustration and further failure.
Paper boat in the water

  • Competition. Obsessing over what others are doing is a major mistake. Bloom recommends observing others, but don’t let this process take over. You have to focus on yourself and your abilities.
  • A matter of attitude. Jeremy Bloom makes it clear that each person should be who they are, and should never just follow the current trends. In fact, your attitude is key when it comes to lifting your spirits when your plans fail.
  • The spark. If something’s gone wrong, this is a good time to go back to the beginning and find that spark you had that ignited your plans in the first place. Indeed, reconnecting with your motivation and dreams that once acted as an impulse for you is a great idea for lifting your spirits.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

-Marcus Aurelius-

That’s the end of the list of seven tips to help lift your spirits when your plans fail. As you now know, Jeremy Bloom has enjoyed great personal and professional success, so is in an ideal position to give this advice. Do you think you’d be able to put these tips into practice?

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