When Things Go Wrong: 5 Things To Always Do

Updated September 04, 2018

5 Things to Always Do When Things Go Wrong

Things are inevitably going to go wrong in everyone's lives. Things going according to plan is a rarity. Armed with this knowledge, you can now focus on the five things you should do when things do, at some point, not follow the plan you created.

These five things are: learn what happened, focus on what you have, ask for advice, summon the courage to go on, and try again.

Learn What Happened

You can't begin to make improvements until you know what the problem is. In fact, once you begin to learn more about what went wrong, the less anxious and nervous you will feel because you will be armed with information. The more information you have, the better off your future will be. Once you know what happened, there is a much higher chance that the same scenario won't occur. This is because you're learning the lesson of why something went wrong - and you won't need to learn it again.

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Focus on What You Have

What you have at your disposal, be they tangible or intangible things, are your tools for the future. You can control what you have. The past and future are out of your control, but it brings a sense of peace and empowerment to focus on the here and now. Making a list of what you have is a great visual to help you focus on the present. Like learning what happened, focusing on what you have arms you with information that you can use to make a better future.

Ask for Advice

You are not alone. Seek counsel if you feel stuck. Human beings need others to become their best. Find someone you trust (such as a family member, friend, or professional) whose opinion you value and respect.

Summon the Courage to Go On

This is perhaps the most daunting step. When things go wrong, it's natural to want to wallow in the fact that your plan didn't work out - and that's okay. However, this is not a feasible long-term plan. Armed with the information that you gathered in the other steps, you are now more prepared for the future. Summoning the courage to go on can take some time. It's going to be different for every individual and as long as you are working on summoning your courage, you are doing the right thing.

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Try Again

Everything has been preparing you to try again. At this point you are knowledgeable, surrounded by counsel, and full of courage. The natural next thing to do is try again. Know that you have done your best when things went wrong the last time.

Getting the Help You Need

If you find yourself in need of professional mental health help, there are many resources available for you. Know that you are not alone when you find things going wrong in your life. As an example, BetterHelp is a company that offers pain online counseling and therapy. This is a company that strives to provide mental health help for those who want to avoid the stigma associated with seeking help for illnesses that cannot be readily observed. This company helps people from all walks of life, including those that have had things go wrong. This company is also professional, affordable, and convenient. Find out more at their website.

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