So you’ve had a bad day. Perhaps you lost a big customer, or you’re having problems with a key project. Maybe it’s just one of those days when nothing seems to go your way. We all have rough days, but when you’re an entrepreneur with a lot of balls in the air, they can feel even more intense. Here are some tips to help you get through it:
We all have rough days, but when you’re an entrepreneur with a lot of balls in the air, they can feel even more intense.
Keep everything in perspective. Don’t let your bad day make you lose sight of everything that is good in your life. Recognize and appreciate the things that are going right. When you’re having a rough day it is difficult to count your blessings, but that’s when it is most important.
Get out there and network. When everything is going wrong, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and be alone. Don’t do it. Brush yourself off, get out there and make connections. Nothing will cheer you up like the possibility of new projects, and networking can help you achieve just that.
Consult your mentor. Your bad day could just be a temporary setback or it could be an indication that you need to change your strategy. The best person to help you analyze your situation is someone with experience. If you don’t have a mentor, ask a trusted friend or colleague. People who are removed from your business are often able to see things that you can’t.
Make a plan. Have you ever noticed that you feel the most stress when things have gone wrong and you don’t know what you’re going to do about it? That’s because you don’t have control over the situation. Take back that control and make a plan. How will you handle the challenges that you are facing? How will you make sure that you never have a day like this again? A clear plan empowers you to focus your energy and move confidently towards your goals.
Even the most successful entrepreneur has their bad days. As the saying goes, “Sometimes you’re the pigeon and sometimes you’re the statue.” So when you wake up one morning to find that it’s one of your “statue” days, just do your best to get through it and know that tomorrow will be better.