The Best Way To Recover From An Unexpected Setback

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The Best Way To Recover From An Unexpected Setback

Encourager-In-Chief: February 24th, 2016

​Allow yourself one day to regroup after disappointment.

You can’t be an entrepreneur for more than a month without encountering an unexpected setback. I built up an enormous client base over 15 years. I even waited seven of those years to open my own business. In less than three months after opening my business, I lost my single largest customer.

To say that was unexpected would be an understatement. Not only did the company not want to do business with me, they had already attended several seminars and several coaching sessions which had not yet been paid for and were still calling me to schedule more coaching sessions the day before they reneged on all of their agreements.

That was a rough one. Still, my first year was incredibly successful despite this major loss. Of course, setbacks occur every single day. When someone signs up for my Sales or Leadership Academies and then cancels unexpectedly at the last minute without paying, it’s like a punch in the gut. Yet I’ve learned a lesson over the years that has really helped me handle this much better. I hope it will help you as well.

When I suffer a setback, I allow myself one day to feel bad. I learned it from a cartoon I saw the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. It was Uncle Sam doubled over on a bench. The caption read, “Just give me a day to mourn my dead and get my gun.”

Ever since then, I accept the fact that it’s okay to feel bad, and even grieve if necessary, when you suffer a painful blow. However, after a day, get over it, refocus on the present, and resume your goal for a positive future. Remember, life goes on.

This too shall pass.
- Ancient proverb

This excerpt is taken from my Become a Leader Worth Following seminar.

Become A Leader Worth Following


I also encourage you to pick up a copy of my book, Stumbling Onto Success! - Turning Mistakes into Masterpieces.

Stumbling Onto Success!


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