4 Things You Can Do When Things Go Wrong, As They Often Do

you feel like screaming
you feel like screaming

You want to scream.

Things have not gone well. In fact, they’ve gone very, very wrong.

You’re desperately trying to figure out so many things – all at the same time. You know it’s not how you should do it, but emotions are high and you’re not in control. Of anything. Including your thoughts.

“Why did I do that?”

“Where did I go wrong?”

“I”m so stupid.”

A head full of questions don’t seem to provide many answers.

Try these 4 things. Just try ’em.

1. Remember.

Think back to a previous failure that you endured. Didn’t it seem insurmountable? But here you are today. History has a way of putting things into perspective. Problems – in real time – seem larger than they may really be. Don’t blow your current problems up to be larger than they really are.

Gain confidence as you remember. You’ve been down and out before. You can get through this, too.

2. Inventory.

Look around at your resources. Your skills, your experience, your ability and anything else that might help you climb out of this pickle.

See these things in a new light. Maybe you’re missing the utility of some of your resources.

Have you ever seen those survival shows like Man vs. Wild? The first thing the person does is look around at what they’ve got to help them survive the situation. They get creative and repurpose all kinds of things. I once saw a guy remove the metal tray that held his truck battery so he could boil water in it. He cleaned it by rubbing dirt on it. He rinsed it off with water that was surely unsafe to drink. Then he built a fire and boiled small amounts of water in it to get rid of pathogens. What battery trays do you have in your life that you can use for something else?

Take a moment (or three) and be thankful for your inventory, no matter how large or small it might be.

3. Act.

First things first. Stop trying to do it all at once. Whatever went wrong won’t likely be fixed by jumping in a dozen different directions.

Get a plan and go to work.

What’s the first things you think you should do? Do that. To completion.

Taking another lesson from the survival shows – usually the first goal is to create safe shelter. They don’t start to build a shelter, then decide they’d better go hunting. If it’s shelter they need, first they build their shelter, then they go hunting.

Too frequently, we try to do everything simultaneously and end up failing to accomplish anything. Stay focused on the priority at hand.

4. Persist.

Persevere. Do not let anything stop you from moving forward.

Show the problem, your competitors or your naysayers that you won’t accept defeat. Be resilient.

You may have to alter your course, or strategy, but that’s just being smart. If one thing won’t work, try something else. Stay mentally engaged and be creative.

Go back to the earlier steps if you must, but never, ever quit.


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