We all have setbacks throughout our careers and as we move toward our goals. Sometimes it’s a deadline missed. Other times it’s a hoped-for outcome that doesn’t come to pass. And from time to time individuals can let us down. Regardless of what’s happened, it’s important for each of us to take stock of what’s been learned and – more importantly – move ahead.
Have you had a recent setback that you haven’t quite gotten over yet? Keep it in mind as we go through today’s coaching challenge.
Here we go….
- Take time to write out what you’ve learned from this recent setback. As much as possible, recognize the positive and those things that will provide wisdom as you continue toward your goal.
- Once the list is complete, take a moment to be grateful. These lessons learned have made you smarter about what to do next. Recognize this as a good thing.
- If you find that you’re blaming someone else, decide to forgive and let it go. Focus on what you could have done differently. You can only change you.
- Identify the next step you will take to move forward and make a plan to do it.
- Going forward, decide now how you will react to the next setback you face. Maybe you’ll set aside time to wallow and then be done. Maybe you’ll go right into figuring out what you’ve learned. Whatever it is, have a game plan. There will be another setback. Plan for it.
Finally, if resilience is something that isn’t your strength and if setbacks knock you out for quite a while, find someone to talk to about it or pick up a book on the topic. Resilience can be learned and how you react to setbacks can make you stronger.