Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

The Importance of Rising After Defeat


It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi

The above quote reminds us whether you are able to recover from defeat says more about you than whether you are defeated in the first place.

Most of us have experienced defeat at some point in our lives. Defeat is a part of life. No one wins all of the time.

The important thing to remember is to get back up and try again.

You are the only thing that can permanently keep you defeated.

There have been several instances in my life when I have been knocked down and just wanted to quit. I have even said to myself and to God, “I give up. I quit.” But almost immediately after saying those words, I say, “No, I am not a quitter. I will not give up. God, please give me the strength to keep going forward.”

And you know what? With God’s help I do.

The reality is that life can be hard at times. You cannot look at someone’s life and think they have it easy all of the time, even if it might appear that way. Everyone has their own struggles, their own demons and their own defeats to deal with.

We all must remember that no matter what happens to us, it is not the end of the world. You are not done. Your life will go on.

You can make the easy choice to quit and live your life in a defeated state, or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move yourself forward.

The only time you should look at your defeat is to learn from it. What went wrong? What can you do differently so that you don’t make the same mistake again?

Do not dwell on the negative. Stay positive. Keep focused on the goal.

Don’t listen to what others say about you. If you know in your heart you are doing what’s best for you and your family, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

If someone is happy that you have experienced defeat, that person does not deserve to be in your life. Get rid of them.

People who are happy that someone has failed is not someone you want in your life.

There is a comedian called Carrottop who said, “People love success, but hate successful people.”

Be happy for other people’s success. Take joy in what they’ve accomplished. Don’t begrudge them their good fortune so they will rejoice in yours.

And do not take joy when someone experiences defeat. Rejoice when they recover. Encourage them to recover. Help them recover.

Help yourself to get up and rise and be all that God intended for you to be.

If God believes in you, and He does, then believe in yourself and do not let defeat keep you down!

Get yourself up and move forward!

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