As GLDDST continues to search for the perfect home base to open our studio, I am facing some challenges. I know the right place will come along and it will be perfect. I don’t want to rush into the wrong space; but I am ready to expand my vision. I am focusing on patience, gratitude, and the positive relationships in my life.
7 Steps To Recovering From A Setback At Work
1. Build a strong foundation beforehand. Recovering from a misfortune begins before the situation even happens. The more solid your footing, the harder it will be to knock you off your perch, and the easier it will be to recover and adjust. This means maintaining good physical health (getting plenty of sleep, healthful food and regular exercise). It also means that you need a support system – resources that you know will be there to help. Having a strong foundation will also help you keep obstacles in perspective.
2. Acknowledge it. Own it. Feel it. It’s OK to feel the negative emotions that come with the setback. In fact, it is essential. Pretending you aren’t disappointed, frustrated or angry won’t make it go away. Acknowledge how you feel, but steer clear from blaming yourself or others. Take the time you need to process. For some setbacks you will need more than just a brief pause to recover. Acting in haste may lead you to choices you soon regret, so resist the temptation to immediately send that blunt email or turn in your resignation.
3. Change your mindset. Setbacks are actually progress in disguise. Think back to the most powerful things you learned in life, and I’ll bet many of those enlightenments are connected to a setback. In fact, you can likely connect a lot of your success and confidence to the growth that came from your most challenging experiences. Of course, hindsight makes those setbacks seem inconsequential – but they likely felt a lot heavier at the time. Remind yourself that the aftermath is temporary and will lead to valuable outcomes.
4. Connect with others. When you’re trying to push through a roadblock, solitude is your enemy. You need support. But not from just anyone. You don’t want to reach out to the person who will turn this into a pity party. You need to surround yourself with people who are objective, positive and focused on solutions, not problems. Seek out the can-do people in your network. Confide in them, and enlist them to help you overcome your obstacle.
5. Strategize. Devise a plan that will minimize the impact of the setback and get you back into the fast lane after your temporary breakdown. This step can also involve others. Seek feedback and advice from trusted colleagues and mentors for ways to get moving again. Look at resources on the web and pose questions to relevant LinkedIn groups. Get the information you need and put together a plan.
6. Act. After you’ve had time to process the emotions, gather the facts, and recruit your A Team, you’re ready to move forward with your plan, measuring progress along the way. This step will energize you. It helps wash away the negative emotions associated with the setback and gives you something positive on which to focus.
7. Learn. Once you’re back on the right track, pause to take some time to learn from this setback. True learning is devoid of judging or blaming. Ask yourself what you gained and how you can prevent the problem from happening again. Some of my executive coaching clients keep a learning journal where they record everything they have taken away from the small and large challenges they encounter on a daily basis. Valuable tools like these remind you of the temporary nature of setbacks – and your perpetual ability to push through them.