Is bouncing back even possible?
Have you ever been in the middle of a crisis and wondering how the heck you are going to fix the mess you started? That is exactly where I found myself yesterday. If you follow along with my ramblings on Instagram then you know things didn’t exactly go according to plan yesterday. I had a missed deadline due to technology issues, lightbulbs were going out at the worst possible time and a series of other issues came up making me wonder why I got out of bed.
I read a article once on leadership. It talked about leading through crisis and how those moments often set apart the good from the great. When working on my writing career I’m not really leading anyone other then myself. It was hard to realize I was sitting back and waiting for things to happen to me rather then making things happen. It was time to take charge and fix what was going wrong. As crazy as it sounds it felt like one of those defining moments.
For many of us it is easy to just give up and put off the problems for another day. As a self proclaimed procrastinator I am usually all for it. But when others are counting on you it’s important to find a way forward. There were three things that got me through my day yesterday and here they are.
Steps to Move Forward
- Stop feeling bad for yourself! This is a big one. When panic hit, I couldn’t think straight because I was too busy beating myself up. Shake that off and move on, you can’t do anything about it now.
- Ask for help! I took to social media to get some advice. This may work for some, others may have a friend or family member that knows more then you do. Leverage them! The additional benefit is they are rooting for you so it’s nice to know you have the support from someone you trust.
- Do something… anything! Okay maybe you have to wait on a outside force to help you resolve your issue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something while you wait. If you are a reader, pick up a book, a writer? Write something new. Maybe it’s just cleaning out that pantry that’s been bothering you. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter. Just keep busy.
I made it through my drama yesterday. Was it tough? Absolutely. But I survived… and you will too.