Sometimes our lives go off the rails, we fail or we find ourselves in a situation where something has gone wrong. It could be a failed relationship, business venture, you’ve upset someone or maybe you pranged your car!  Whatever it is, there is always something you can do.

What to do when things go wrong

1 Be prepared to let it go

Urgh when something goes wrong or you fail, a whole host of emotions such as pain, disappointment, humiliation, frustration and embarrassment will flood over you. Be reassured, they can be temporary because the first thing to do is let it go and accept that it has happened. Then you can start to move on.

2 Don’t play the blame game

Blaming people, situations or circumstances is very negative. It’s draining and unproductive.  It keeps you in a state of anger and unhappiness.  By taking responsibility for how you feel and react to everything that happens in your life, you become empowered. You regain control and are in a better state of mind to make better decisions on what to do next.

3 Learn from your mistakes and failures

There are always lessons to be learnt from things that go wrong. Find the lessons, learn from them and pledge to not make the same mistake again. Massive extra note here: sometimes the lesson to be learned many times before we are able to avoid it again!

4 Make a plan

When things go wrong and you are thrown off your original plan, it’s time to make a new plan. Take stock on where you are now and where you want to get to again and devise a new plan. Readjusting your direction and goals will get you back on track again

5 Be positive

You can choose to be positive or negative with your thoughts and feelings. Only happy and good results come from positive thoughts and feelings, so keep them that way and you are on your way to success.

6 Show gratitude

An attitude of gratitude is a powerful thing. When things go wrong, focus your attention on all the good things, people and circumstances in your life and be thankful and grateful for them.  Even if you have to dig very deep to find them, they are there. You are far more likely to attract more good into your life if you focus on the good you already have.

7 Take inspired action

Even if you are unsure and a little more cautious, be brave and take action to move forward. I love this quote,  it sums it up perfectly.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

J. K. Rowling