The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
There are times when the world will knock you down and all you can do is spit out your newly freed teeth. To live a life of great ambition and not expect greater adversities than you could ever imagine is ridiculous. Here’s what you need to do when life knocks you down.
Stand back up. If you are knocked down seven times, get up eight times. The first rule of success is getting back up when (and not if) life knocks you down. If you don’t get back up, the adversity wins. You lose; end of story.
Assess your battle plan. You got knocked down. As hard a pill as it is to swallow, you probably had something to do with it either by direct action or a lack of preparedness. This is the time to look at what you were doing and make the changes that need to take place. What was working? Do more of that. What failed you? How can you make that better? Execute against this information as quickly as possible. It’s very likely going to feel like pulling teeth. That’s normal. Change is hard, but being mediocre is harder to live with.
Charge forward. If you were to give up right now, how much of your life’s potential would instantly vanish? How much could you have obtained? Watch it all vanish if you don’t continue to press forward. This is essentially an extension of the first step. Get in the ring. Know what to do. Do it. This is the last step because you’ll probably want to avoid failing again. Lessons are great, but it’s best to learn them on the first try.
Whatever life throws at you, know two things: there will always be more so long as your striving for great things and you can always overcome your adversities.