For Every Dark Night, There Is A Brighter Day – Dealing With Fears And Failures

For Every Dark Night, There Is A Brighter Day – Tupac Shakur

The universe has gifted life in several forms. It may come in the form of an animal, a plant, or a human being. The most important and recognizable of all is the ‘life of a humans’ which marks a difference to all the diversities present on the planet.

Though human beings are rewarded with the best resources to live, grow, and prosper –  ups and downs, success and failure are at their roots. They teach us to be centered within our being and help in putting up all the learnings and experiences to evolve mankind for a better future.

As I go through the quote, “For every dark night there is a brighter day,” I recall the fascinating words of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba:

Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.Click to Tweet

The Jack Ma Story

Jack Ma is one of those rare personalities who is an apt example of achieving success from one failure to another. His patience, persistence, and consistency helped him to convert his dark nights into brighter days.

He failed for over twenty times including college university exams, job interviews, and in his first few businesses but became a successful entrepreneur and a trendsetter for many. His story of ‘Job Seeker to Job Provider’ is an epitome of self-belief.

What Can We Learn?

Here are a few lessons that we can learn to make our own way to personal success:

Embrace rejections: Rejection can come from anywhere: your friend, family, or someone you never expected. Rejections are disheartening, but it’s an opportunity to take responsibility for your emotions and realize the importance of self-healing.

Ignore the critics: The fear of being criticized must not form part of future decision making.

Stay motivated: You have to believe in yourself before you want the world to believe in you.

Stay focused: Stay focused on your goal. Keep reminding yourself why did you start the journey in the first place.

Push Yourself Out of Comfort Zone: Comfort is the enemy of progress. Keep asking yourself, “Am I pushing my limits hard enough?”

Don’t complain:  Rather than complaining about what went wrong, look for the opportunities about what can go right.

Prepare A Goal Chart

Prepare a goal chart that keeps the fire within burning. A goal chart is a great way to avoid going sideways. It defines where you are and where you want to reach, a visual representation of your dreams.

Your goals must be “SMART” enough to help you work with maximum potential.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

What so many people fail to understands is that without consistency, all the principles, theories, and philosophies of goal management have no ground.

Jim Rohn, one of the world-renowned writer, life coach, and entrepreneur once observed:

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.Click to Tweet

Consistency plays a crucial role to achieve big goals as it develops routines and builds momentum. It forms a habit and becomes almost second nature.  

Hard work + Smart work = Prudent work

A common story draws attention towards the concept behind the above formula.

A thirsty crow finds an earthen pitcher with some water in the bottom. Instead of hard work, the clever crow does smart work by pouring pebbles to make the water level reach the top. 

Face Your Fears

The fear of the dark night should not dictate one’s approach towards a brighter day. In the path of success, you are ought to face the fear of failure. Though you cannot remove the fear all-together, you can reduce it to an extent through self-belief and positive mental attitude.

Acknowledge Your Errors | For Every Dark Night, There Is A Brighter Day

By learning from your mistakes, you can have a new approach for the future. If you do not acknowledge your errors, you keep doing the same mistakes over and over until giving up is the last option you will be left with. It is necessary to keep questioning yourself:

What went wrong?

What could I do better next time?

What did I learn from this?

Writing down the answers helps you see the same obstacle from a new angle. Resultantly, the chance to overcome the hurdles increases.

Tracking Ongoing Progress At Intervals of Time

A well thought and efficient plan is the starting point for the attainment of goals. The plan must be followed and the progress made should be tracked at intervals of time to know if everything is alright.

There are certain factors – feasibility, time frame, or availability of resources – may require modification during the process. If you have a better approach then don’t be afraid of adjustments.

Have you ever faced difficult days in your life? How did you react?  Do you believe that after every dark night, there is a brighter day? Share with me in the comments below. 

3 thoughts on “For Every Dark Night, There Is A Brighter Day – Dealing With Fears And Failures”

  1. Very well written piece Ayushi.
    I would like to add that presence of a life mentor or professional mentor fast tracks the process and minimizes wastage of precious emotional resources and time.Stress accompanies both success and failure.Having a sounding board,a helping hand,a shoulder to cry upon,a voice of sanity and experience you trust is vital too.
    Not everyone is lucky enough to find such a men tor.If one does ,hold on to him/her for dear life.

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