PP 135: 5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks
We all have setbacks during life, however it’s usually how we deal with the setbacks which determines how we come out in the end. In this episode, I share 5 ways to work forward in the midst of major set backs.Don't let life's setbacks get you down! Listen to @thekimsutton: https://www.thekimsutton.com/pp135 #podcastClick To Tweet
Episode Transcription: 5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks
As we’re building our businesses and our families, we often face setbacks, which can be so easy to become frustrated by and then also feel like we should just throw our hands up in the air and quit.
I know I’ve been there.
Today is day six of having no websites because of the hacking that I experienced last week. There have been multiple delays, but I’m still moving forward because I’m very thankful that although my websites haven’t been restored yet, there is a backup out there, which is allowing me to move forward without losing everything.
In the midst of this website chaos, my whole house has also become ill. And I realized that through everything, I was maintaining a positive spirit.
I don’t want anybody to think that I’m trying to come across any better than any of you. In full disclosure, I have gone through four boxes of tissues today. And I, just like any of you can get frustrated when it seems like everything is going wrong.
Through this whole website ordeal, however, I realized that somehow I’ve maintained a positive spirit, and I’ve been able to move forward without being too concerned about everything that is going on.
When I was preparing for today’s episode, I realized that there’s really five things that have helped me move forward as I have. So today, I want to share my 5 ways to work forward in the midst of major setbacks.
5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks – #1
Number one is breathe.
It can be so easy to just want to charge ahead and go go go and never even think about what’s going on. But if we don’t stop and just give ourselves a moment to breathe, we can get so overcome with panic and anxiety, just because of the fact that we’re not allowing ourselves to process everything that is going on. And this leads into number two.
5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks – #2
There’s reflection that needs to happen about everything that has gone on and led to our current setback. And I say reflection, I don’t say judgment.
Everything seems to be a lot clearer in retrospect, and this reflection allows us to process everything that happened and put it in some state of order in our brain. Only after we do this reflection, can we really start lining up the blocks to understand how we need to put all the pieces back together.
5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks – #3
The third step is learn.
After we reflect on everything that’s happened. More often than not, there’s a valuable lesson to be learned out of the situation that we have experienced. In the case of my websites, I quickly learned that I needed to implement a backup system and also have some type of website security.
5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks – #4
Step number four is forgive.
Whether somebody else caused the setback, or if we cause a setback, one of the biggest ways to move forward is to simply forgive.
Sometimes it’s hardest to forgive ourselves. Yes, we made a mistake. But we’re not going to be able to move forward without forgiving ourselves and allowing ourselves the peace of mind to know that it’s okay to make mistakes.
5 Ways to Work Forward in the Midst of Major Setbacks – #5
The fifth way to work forward in the midst of major setbacks is simply to move.
I know I have personally faced setbacks and actually climbed back into bed out of anxiety. But that was mostly because I was not taking the time to breathe, reflect, learn and forget. If we give ourselves the time to do those four elements, then we are better able to move forward and prevent this type of setback from happening again.
If you’re facing a setback in your life right now, take the time to number one, breathe. Number two, reflect. Number three, learn. Number four, forgive. And number five, move.
And, with that said, go forth and have a positive and productive day.