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One Word Wednesday #5 “Failure”

This week’s word is FAILURE.

Failure is a strong emotional word. No one wants to feel like they failed at anything. It brings with it feelings of shame, sadness, anger, and hopelessness.

We feel this way partly because we think that failure is the end of something.

We lost our chance.

We let someone down.

We are not capable.

It doesn’t help that the media and society embrace and glorify winning and success. They do this as if FAILURE isn’t part of the path to success.

Failure is universal. Making mistakes and having to regroup are what go into accomplishing anything.

We don’t realize this because we don’t see all the times that successful people fall down.

We don’t see all the crumbled paper and rewrites the great authors did before publishing that great book.

We don’t see all the experiments brilliant scientists whiffed on.

We don’t see all the failed auditions talented actors bombed before landing their big roles.

I believe that FAILURE in life isn’t the end, it is the beginning.

It is a fresh start, with the knowledge how NOT to do something.

Failure

People often quit before they get a chance to accomplish their goal.

Don’t let setbacks define you.

Let the lessons learned be a guide, knowing other failures are inevitable.

It is part of life and part of the process of achieving anything.

This post is inspired by best selling author, Jeff Goins, who teaches about finding your voice. Being also from Chicago, like me, his work involves helping writers, bloggers, etc. connect with their audience in an authentic, valuable way. Check him out at Goinswriter.com

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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How to Defeat Procrastination Once and For All!

Defeat Procrastination

Procrastination is a formidable foe that defeats many mothers. We allow fear, doubt, and excuses to keep us from getting projects done. Often the go to remedy is waiting till the last minute, when delay is no longer an option. The stress and anxiety are not worth it, and the result is crappy work. The victims tend to be our families and those closest to us. While there is no secret formula or spell that will magically get things done, the below tips will help you defeat procrastination:

Just get started

Ironically enough the best tactic for beating procrastination is to begin working. The smallest step, followed by another, can put you on the path towards getting the project done.

Listen to music

Music you enjoy can take your mind off the task and should allow you to get moving and make progress.

Think about being done

Thinking of the finish line can create motivation and drive enough to get you going.

Do the easiest part first

Worrying about the hardest pieces won’t help, so start small and work your way through.

Talk yourself through each step

Often the inner voice in us keeps us from doing anything. Turn that inner voice around and have it narrate what you are doing. Before you know it you are well on your way.

Have a reward in mind for finishing

Give yourself extra incentive. A desert food, desired item, or some entertainment can serve as motivation.

The worst thing you can do is allow procrastination to rule over you. You will find a large weight lifted as you get tasks done. The key is to get started today.

If you want to know more about the study of Procrastination, take a look at the informative article by Shirley S. Wang from the Wall Street Journal or the thought provoking article by Olga Khazan from the Atlantic. Don’t use them as another form of procrastination, though.

To help you defeat procrastination I’m going to send you a handy, easy to carry Infographic, the same one I use to help me everyday. Make multiple copies and refer to it when you need a little push. It will also appear below so you can print a copy immediately (Make sure to also check your email).

P.S. If you want some other quotes to reference please check out this great list by Duccio Manfredi

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