Ever have a REALLY bad day?

One that really SUCKS? Maybe you lose a bunch of clients in one fell swoop? Or you get dressed down by your boss for doing something stupid (and you thought it was brilliant)?

We all have those days. As Rocky Balboa said, “But it ain’t about how hard you get hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”

Unfortunately, when you do get hit, you might find yourself wallowing in self pity. You might even be in one of Kübler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance).

Here’s how I deal with it — I call it my “3 Stages of Success”:

Stage One – Frustration

Not angry, just frustrated. Something (or someone) kicks you HARD out of control and you find yourself wheeling emotionally.

You question your worth. You start backtracking all of your actions. Add in a healthy scoop of emotions and your are downright FRUSTRATED!

Stage Two – Reality Check

Stop the emotions for a second and let’s do a quick reality check. Let’s look at your situation logically — what REALLY happened? Is it the end of the world? Can you quickly recover?

Let’s level-set our thinking and try to understand what happened and what we can do.

Stage Three – Competitive Spirit

Now that you’ve thought logically about your situation and have come up with alternative strategies to move forward, let’s access your competitive spirit.

You might say, “ARE YOU KIDDING RICH? I just got over being frustrated!” Let me be clear — you need to access your competitive spirit to move forward, take action, and never let this happen to you again.

This is a natural process how humans adapt and EVOLVE. You hit a wall (or a wall hits you), you get frustrated, you do a reality check, and then get up and start running again.

As Rocky says, ” Keep Moving Forward”.

What do you do when life hits you square in the face?


P.S. Is life hitting you often? Let’s talk. I’ve worked with many clients who’ve been hit hard — and we developed a successful strategy to grow. If you’re not a client . . . pick up the phone and call me (203.500.2421) — I offer a complimentary session each week to people just like you. Check me out — it might make 2014 a rousing success.

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