We’ve all been there, we’re plugging along in life or business and BAM, something happens to knock us off our feet. Maybe you lose your funding, you’re hit with a health scare or maybe you’re even duped by someone you trusted or with whom you invested.
When you find yourself in that situation, it feels like your world is spinning out of control. How could this happen? How did we let it get this far? But more importantly, how can you get back on track as quickly as possible?
First of all, let’s have a dose of honesty here. Not always, but often these things don’t come out of the blue. There are usually red flags along the way, but instead of taking heed, we dismiss them and march forward. Or we try to gloss them over instead of acknowledging them as the major warning signs they are.
The problem is, we have our sights so fixed on what we think we want, we can’t see what’s right in front of us or perhaps more accurately, we’re unwilling to see it. This is where I think most people get off track. It feels too dangerous to slow down or evaluate our current situation because if we did, we may have to deal with some unpleasant truths.
Maybe we are in over our heads. Maybe our idea isn’t viable. Maybe we do need to end the relationship that’s making us turn to unhealthy foods for comfort. Maybe the person we’re dealing with really doesn’t have our best interests at heart. Ouch, who would like to look at that? It feels awful to come to those realizations.
But what happens when we don’t take our head out of the sand is far worse. We lose money, potentially lots of it. We lose time we can never get back. We lose love we’ve given where it wasn’t deserved. Trusting becomes more difficult. And our self-respect gets hammered harder than a line-backer on Super Bowl Sunday.
As painful as it is to confront the writing on the wall, it’s the first step to rebounding from a set-back. Becoming fully aware that you’re not in a good place takes courage, but it’s worth it. Once you realize you are dissatisfied or truly threatened, you can plan your next move.
It’s not easy to go through defeat, loss or failure, but it is possible to come through it stronger and with more tools for fulfillment. If you’re willing to do the work and learn the lessons, you can use your struggles as a springboard to the next level of success.
Here are key practices to help you rebound with aplomb:
Let’s face it, set-backs happen, but you don’t have to stay stuck by your circumstances. YOU have the power to turn things around. Use your power for good and for growing and moving on to the next beautiful phase of life. Namaste.