Reflect, Refresh and Do it Again!


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Anytime is always a good time to see how things have been going in your life; however, most times we sit down and reassess our lives is when we've been met with some form of failure.


This is not uncommon; in fact, temporary defeat is not a bad thing. Failures, temporary defeats, and setbacks are merely opportunities for us to see where our plans and intentions were not sound, to learn from them and make them better.


The best way to look at what may seem like a loss is to reflect, refresh and do it again!


Reflect. Take time to have an honest assessment of yourself both your strengths and your weaknesses. If you are unable to do this, have someone that you trust to give you an assessment of them for you.


It is important that you know where you are strong at and also where you are weak at. Your strengths you can execute and your weaknesses are where you can make better plans to partner with someone who can execute where you have a blindsight at.


These are some questions you can use to assess yourself (or someone else):


  • Do I carry in any sort an inferiority complex?

  • How well do I respond to conflict: aggressively, passively or assertively?

  • Do I display courage and definiteness in my plans or am I riddled with indecision most times?

  • Do I manage my time well?

  • Am I mostly on time for things or always a few minutes late?

  • Do I complain a lot?

  • Do have leadership that empowers my followers or are they left confused with the inability to act?


Refresh. Sometimes, taking a mental step back allows you to really come back to things with a fresh perspective to uncover areas that need to be reworked in new plans.

Take time to rejuvenate your mind to come up with fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things.


Here are some ways you can refresh:


  • Reading a good book

  • Watching an inspirational movie

  • Meeting with a long time mentor for coffee

  • Going to the Spa or Spiritual Retreat

  • Being in nature Meditation

  • Resting (doing nothing at all)


Do it. What you didn't do then, you can do now! There is nothing like reactivating action with a plan that has more information, more wisdom and more discernment than before.

Remember we always do the best we can with the information we have at the time.


When we get better information by failure, temporary defeat or a setback, use it!


Nothing is Really a Loss

Don't be dismayed by failure or temporary defeat. They will come. Embrace them as a reminder of weeding out those who are not ready to succeed. Success comes to those who are winners.


"Winners never quit and quitters never win: you must decide who you are."

It is your dream's hope you choose to be a winner. Therefore, do not stop at any form of setback or seed of adversity, they come with them an equivalent if you merely reflect, refresh and do it again!



Have you ever experienced a temporary defeat?

What did you do to use it for better plans today?

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