While we like it or not setbacks and disappointments are just part and parcel of being in leadership and management roles.
Of course we would like it to be continued success but life tends not to be like that. Even the most successful will encounter setbacks and in fact it is claimed that the most successful entrepreneurs experience up to 3.9 setbacks for every success.
So what can you do to pick yourself up and starting again after a disappointment?
Recognise the effort and progress made
Even if you have not got the exact result that you wanted, chances are that you will have made some progress and it’s important not to lose sight of this when things are not going so well
Don’t dwell too long on what has happened
It is always important to take stock, reflect and identify the key lessons for the future. At the same time remember that you cannot re-write history but you can influence what happens in the future.
Create a clear goal to aim for
Be specific about what you want to achieve in the future. The more specific you can be the better. A new target should energise and motivate you.
Re-build the self belief
Good leaders and managers don’t become bad managers overnight. If you have had a setback some doubt will creep in. This is entirely natural. Remind yourself what you have achieved and can achieve to re-build your self belief.
Keep it all in perspective
When we are really attached to achieving something it can seem like the end of the world if we don’t quite make it. Learn to stand back and keep things in perspective.
Get into action
In my experience there is nothing more powerful in terms of picking yourself up than deciding to do something and taking action. Remember that decisions lead to actions and actions lead to results.
The Bottom Line: If you are encountering disappointments then it is an indicator that you are really trying to achieve success. Making some adjustments to what you do and what you think can really make a difference.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps highly successful professionals become highly effective leaders and managers. Check out his free audio e-course
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.