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How to deal with a setback…
That is a question we all encounter from time to time.
Setbacks look like a lot of things:
- Job loss
- Project failed
- Did not get the job you hoped for
How to Deal with a Setback
- Own it – take 100% responsibility. Placing the blame is great – but it takes you out of control. You have become a victim, and you cannot change the circumstances. We want to blame others because
- Relationship issues
- Write down the thoughts – How do you feel.
- I lost this job and will never get another good job again.
- I was overlooked for the promotion because they found me out – I have hit my peak.
- Since I am [black, white, male, female] I will never get ahead in this [industry/company]
- Write down the reality – What is more likely the truth.
- I got this job, can get another. I know more now. I am more valuable.
- I have learned more and can do more – if I want to. Do I?
- Others who are [black, white, male, female] have done remarkable things in this [industry/company] – so can I.
- What has this failure offered you?
- Freedom to explore
- Opportunity to reset
- Get some training.
- Improve the situation – Define some steps you can do to improve the situation
- Job loss – Stop and define what you want now. This setback is a chance to reset.
- Get my head in gear and ask for mentorship and help from my leadership. I must be missing something.
- Congratulate the person who got the job over me. I might be their boss soon!
- Failed project – What can I do to improve on the situation? Get the team together to come up with a plan.
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