Being successful: How to Re-Motivate When You’ve Had a Set Back

You want to be successful. But you’ve had a bad week. Here’s how to re-motivate yourself.

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You’ve done it. You’ve taken the leap. Whether it’s quitting your job for pastures new, starting your own business, starting a family or going travelling, there’s now no return.

But you’ve had a pretty crappy week – that bit of business you were counting on has bailed, that blog post you thought would go viral has only has 25 views and you’re starting to worry. You can’t help feeling that nagging sensation inside saying, “you can’t do this, and you can’t turn back. You are such a bloomin’ wally.”

I’ve felt this hump a few times since I’ve taken my own “leap of faith” and here’s how I combatted those nagging voices.

  1. Remove the fear element.

When you’ve finished watching a scary movie, do you feel like you need a lie-down? That’s because fear is completely draining. It keeps you in a stillness which prevents you from doing things you know you can do.

Think of it in literal terms – has fear ever prevented you from going on a plane to a gorgeous holiday for the worry you may crash and burn?

You’ve already done the hard part – you’re already on the plane. You’ve put what was sure and certain (like a job, relationship or lifestyle) on the backburner for the desire to have another life. When you’re feeling scared, write down the positive changes that this has had on your life and fear will dissolve away.

 2. Make your goals achievable – and write them down.

Guaranteed, you will fail if you set yourself unachievable tasks. If you start your first day of your new life expecting to write a novel, be a famous blogger or run a successful business, then in the words of Ice Cube, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Write down what you aim to achieve this week – and make it realistic. Don’t expect to write 10,000 words of that essay or novel in a day. Write down your goals and put time scales by them. Put your chart above your desk or near your bathroom mirror. That way, you know what you’re behind/in front on.

3. Read all the time. Like, loads.

They say that no idea is an original idea anymore (damn, here was me thinking internet cat videos was a new, unique thing).

That being said, this means that there must be a ton of success stories out there for you to read; “from rags to riches” if you will. Get advice from people who are your idols and read as many autobiographies as possible. Get a grasp on the timescales they worked to – did their business boom in a week? I doubt it!


Changing your life for something new can be really, really hard. It can make you question everything from your own sensible thinking (what the bloody hell am I doing!) to your ability to achieve (I really, honestly can’t do this).

Combatting those voices is the key to achieving anything. In my previous article, I wrote about success and how to be successful irrespective of other people putting you down, but your own worries can be far louder than those around you.

Entrepreneurs and writers who have ‘made it’ all have one thing in common – they didn’t give up. And neither should you. Go get ’em.










11 Comments Add yours

  1. This is great. I have BIG dreams but they can be overwhelming so I like to break them down into lots of little goals which are achievable 🙂

    1. hannahadkins says:

      Thanks Natalie – you’re right, breaking them down can be the key to success! HH xo

    1. hannahadkins says:

      Thanks so much for the reblog 🙂

  2. Belinda O says:

    Nice, Hannah. Very practical and applicable. Let me add this one from my own experience: get a good meal and good night’s sleep. It’s remarkable how we fail to take care of ourselves when we most need it, and the basics matter.

    1. hannahadkins says:

      Thanks so much Belinda!

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