“CAUSE YOU HAD A BAD DAY”
Whether it’s a result of your alarm not going off, your computer crashing, your biggest client texting you non-stop because they’re upset, or because you totally bombed a presentation…we all experience bad days now and then.
Bad days are the worst. Especially when you’re an entrepreneur. We as business owners don’t have time to add a pity party to our already busy schedules.
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS
I actually experienced one of these “bad days” this past week. It all started when I woke up Monday morning feeling like death. I was stuffed up, achy and feverish. All I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and sleep the day away. But I had more things on my to-do list than I knew what to do with, so that was not an option.
When I got to the office and attempted to tackle that lengthy to-do list, we had an unexpected crisis occur that required all of my attention. Nothing was getting done, which was stressful.
After we finished putting out fires for most of the day, my business partner and I decided to take a lunch break at 3:30 p.m. This was the highlight of my day. Finally, an opportunity to relax, have a beer, take my mind off work and recharge…oh, and to have my car towed!
One hour trip to the impound lot, $300.00, and few tears later; I was back in the office prepping for a very late night ahead.
TIME TO REFOCUS
The fact of the matter is, difficulties and obstacles in life, both personal and professional, are inevitable. They’re going to happen and when you are concentrating on building a business, it may seem obstacles appear more frequently than not.
It’s important NOT to focus on the obstacles you encounter, but instead focus on how you are going to handle them. Sure, I could have thrown my hands up in the air and called it quits for the day after my car was towed, but I didn’t. I chose to look at the obstacle that was thrown at me as an opportunity. “I never lose. I either win or I learn.” – unknown
HANDLE THAT “BAD DAY” LIKE A BOSS
As an entrepreneur, I strive to make a conscious effort to deal with situations in my life strategically verses reactionary. If I am having a bad day or if I’m feeling really down, I go through the following steps, which helps me stay positive and focused:
- ACKNOWLEGE IT: They always say the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. Well a bad day can quickly turn into a problem, so recognizing that and making the decision to turn it around is half the battle. The quicker you accept the fact that you can’t control what the Universe throws at you, the quicker you can move on!
- DO YOU: Once you’ve had a chance to gather your thoughts and calm down, do something for YOU. Go for a walk, grab a cup of tea or coffee, listen to some jams…do whatever calms your soul. I like to go somewhere quiet and meditate (which is something I’ve picked up recently and highly recommend to all entrepreneurs). Focus on yourself completely.
- UNCOVER THE SILVER LINING: This is my favorite step. After you’ve had time to calm down and focus on yourself, it’s time to uncover why that obstacle wrecked your day. There is always a lesson to be learned from a negative situation. Find it. When my car was towed the other day, my lesson was to slow down and really pay attention to my surroundings. There were signs (yes they were small signs) on the side of the street that I had failed to read. If I hadn’t been moving so quickly through my day, I would noticed them. Entrepreneurs are always running a mile a minute and we need to be told to slow down sometimes. It will only make us better.
- LET GO: I used to have a real problem fixating on things that didn’t go my way. Well that is no way to go through life, especially when you are in business for yourself. We need to be agile and willing to shift our focus or direction at any time. If your day was terrible, who cares? Move on. You never know if a bad situation is setting you up for an amazing one just around the corner.
So next time you’re having a bad day and feel like this…