Four Practices when you experience a setback

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Discouragement that comes from experiencing a major setback has the capacity to stop, or at least slow down, the positive momentum you are seeing in your personal life or work. The antidote for this is called resiliency – and it’s a common quality of those who remain “unstuck” and experience personal success. 
Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, and Thomas Edison to name a few – all experienced major setbacks that proceeded their very public success.

According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it’s easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.


In my experience, I’ve observed four common ‘Practices’ of those who succeed in transcending challenges.

1. Honesty And Credibility.
You can’t hide, fake or bluff your way through tough times. If you don’t know the answer to the problems or need help finding solutions, ask.  Allow those you are leading to see you as someone who is humble, honest and willing to seek counsel. They will respect you for your authenticity.

2. Be Willing To Face The Brutal Facts.
Gather all your information and look at reality as it is. Your ability to see reality will help you generate a vision of what could be.

3. Boldness.
  Be courageous in your clarity.  Be bold in affirming what’s working and honest with what’s not working.  Evaluate the strengths of your leadership – and continue to step out and experiment.  It will take a measure of faith at times to strategically do something new when there is little money and no guarantee of success. Yet, faith plus strategy is critical in the midst of tough times.   Don’t stop doing the right thing. It’s not about what you can afford to do, it is about doing the right thing.

4.  The Ability To Inspire. 
Tough times bring on frustration, uncertainty and anxiety in most people. As a leader or parent, you have to focus on what could be. Help those who follow you become realistically optimistic about the future. They need a vision that will excite and drive them to work for something better.


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