Recently while traveling, my laptop unexpectedly died. Suddenly my productivity totally dropped, and things started to pile up.It was a vicious cycle. It seemed like nothing was going my way.
I am very dependant on my computer to run my businesses, and right now I’m in a startup stage with two new businesses. So the timing couldn’t be worse. Add to that, the price to fix the laptop is equal to a 2nd hand car here, so it’s not the best thing to happen.
So here’s the 3 steps I learnt to getting over setbacks:
1. Be Grateful
For all the setbacks we have, think about how lucky you are to have the life you have. For me, I’m in Bali…the weather is amazing, people have a great energy, food is delicious, etc. Even though my primary way to operate my business is taken away, many people will love to have the life I have.
If possible, quantify the setback, and know you can make it back quickly. Recognize all the great things you have in your life. On the grand scheme, it’s likely a very minor thing, so don’t get caught up on it.
Remember to smile 🙂
2. Forward-Looking Intentions
Instead of circling in the pity of your setback and becoming a victim, set your intentions on looking forward. Don’t dwell on the past. Regain control and make a list of the things you can learn and apply so it doesn’t happen in the future.
Learn the power of expecting, and expect great things to come into your life very soon. Even if you can’t how they’ll happen, trust that great stuff is coming your way. Know that setbacks happen to everyone, and that it happened for a reason to make you stronger and rise above. Champions fall, and bounce back stronger.
Believe something good is going to happen, and you’ll attract good things.
Focus on getting control of yourself, don’t get consumed by pointless social media browsing. Be resourceful. Who can you contact to help you move forward?
3. Take Action
Now that you’ve reprogrammed your mind, it’s time to take action. If you’re consistently playing things in your mind, but not taking any action, you want see any tangible results. Conversely, once you take action, you’ll start to build momentum. At first it’ll be hard to take action, but you’ll very soon start to see results, and once you see some results, you’ll reinforce your belief, thereby taking more action. Get around other people that are inspiring and you can connect with. Go to the gym and blast out a great workout.
Do you have something that worked for you? I’d love to hear it. Post your comments below.