4 Strategies for Overcoming a Professional Setback

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We’ve all been there before. The unexpected hiccup. The last minute no or cancellation. It happens with our businesses and it happens in our personal lives. It stings and doesn’t seem fair, but it is what it is (we can’t change it). Don’t worry- it’s okay (and perfectly normal) to feel sad, just don’t get stuck in that disappointment. We have to do whatever we can to keep trucking along by using our own personal coping strategies to turn those negative thoughts around. Here are a few of my favorite methods for doing so:

  1. Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills. Sometimes we take things too personally because we are too close to what’s happening. Try to look at the situation objectively and from the other party’s point of view. Take a step back, analyze it, and ask for feedback if you need clarification (instead of guessing about what happened). You may be surprised at what you’ll uncover and can use that information to reformulate, readjust and improve. Failure enables us to learn and grow. Without it, we would never progress.

Failure is inevitable in business and life. But, if you adjust the way that you think, you’ll see that these setbacks are a gift that can lead you down a path to something better. If you’re looking for more tips on building resilience and improving your mindset, check out my new book, Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur.

Charlene is an entrepreneurship coach, business/branding mentor, speaker, trainer, author of Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur, and the busy single mother of two.

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