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April 15, 2013

How to Keep Going After a Setback

Everybody has bad days. Whether it's someone's negative words that have gotten to you, or self deprecating thoughts getting you down, it can be hard to pick yourself back up and keep going. Unfortunately these days are unavoidable and just a part of life. But how you let them affect your life and for how long are completely up to you. Here are a few tips to help you move forward faster:

ALLOW YOURSELF A PITY PARTY

Give yourself the time you need to feel upset. We have emotions for a reason and holding them in or ignoring them, won't help you in the long run. The time you need will depend on the circumstance. If it's a rejecting email, take a good 5 or 10 minutes to let it absorb and feel the way you want to feel.

NOW PICK YOURSELF UP

Once you feel better after a good scream, cry or rant, make a decision in that moment that you're going to turn things around. You don't have to know how just yet but it's important to tell yourself you're not going to let it ruin the rest of your day or week.

GET SOME DISTANCE

Whenever I get an email or news that upsets me, I never respond right back. Emotions are high and you may end up saying or doing something you regret later. If you're in the middle of a work situation and aren't able to walk away from your work at the moment, try and just shift your focus to something else for the next hour or take a quick break.

If you have the time, go for a walk, get some exercise, have coffee with a friend or the best cure is to do a good deed. Nothing is better than helping someone else in need to get out of our own heads and forget our egos for a while.

MAKE A PLAN & TAKE ACTION

Once you're starting to feel better and like life isn't over, you can go back to your situation with a clear head and positive attitude. Decide on an action plan and use what you can from the experience to grow and improve. Once you have a plan, take one step, right now in the direction of it.

Feeling better? ;)

“Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” ~ Napoleon Hill 


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