Any successful person experiences setbacks unfortunately it goes hand in hand with trying something bigger and better, setbacks happen so expect and accept them when they come.
Look at setbacks as being a badge of honor, it means that you’re doing something hard so embrace your badge of honor and own it.
Set time limits for disappointments
Allow yourself time to acknowledge your feelings of disappointment but put a time limit on how long you will focus on that feeling. You might still feel disappointment, but redirect that emotional energy toward progress.
Manage your blind spots
If failure causes us to lose perspective, anticipate what will cause you to lose yours. What’s your blind spot?
Myself… I am naturally impatient, so when I can’t see the progress I had hoped for, I know my blind spot is growing. You might assume that a setback is exclusively your fault but you miss other contributing factors that keep you from accurately assessing what really happened and what you need to do next.
Less emotion and more information
Objectively size up what happened was there a conversation or decision that created a change in course?
Be a researcher and actually write down what worked and what didn’t write down what factors created the setback. Was there a connection problem? Was there enough interest? Seeing the facts on paper void of emotion can crystallize the facts so try to be objective.
Rely on “now what?”
Find your path to progress consider a different assortment of growth for you, different style marketing, an event to encourage new customers or more social media focus.
Make a list of options and then evaluate each of them based on what the situation requires, not what feeds your greatest emotional need.
Think tomorrow more than next year
It can be overwhelming when you have too many decisions to make, feeling overwhelmed leads to stagnation because doing nothing seems easier in the moment than making big decisions.
Instead, ask yourself, what can I do tomorrow or next week to make better progress? Start right there…you need a long-term direction, but it might evolve over time rather than being an aha moment.
Learn what must be learned
Willingness to learn what must be learned rather than saying I could never do a business like that, be open and coachable and determine what you must learn to become an entrepreneur.
A lack of experience or knowledge doesn’t close a door, but defines what must be learned. There are lots of successful entrepreneurs who knew nothing about running a business or the product when they started but they learned and surrounded themselves with those who knew what they didn’t know.
Don’t worry about the lack of knowledge it is a path that must be followed rather than treated like a dead end.
Manage your self-talk
I have briefly touched on this subject before, setbacks and disappointment can create self-doubt. So manage your internal thoughts so you stay focused on the future and what you can do next. Give yourself credit for doing important work and trying something new.
After all, a setback is a setup for a comeback.