I had a fairly significant business “event” occur last week. Some might call it a failure. A loss.
This “event” was disappointing, upsetting.
But beyond the momentary punch-to-the gut of it, I knew as this event happened that as a result, there were two paths I could go down as a result.
I could see it as a “setback“ and feel like a piece of shit. I could feel like a failure, slide into depression. Use it as evidence to feed the very familiar monster inside that is always looking for proof of my being a Loser incapable of keeping good things and making use of good opportunities.
Or I could use it as a stepping stone. I could take a beat to be upset, then take what lessons and information I needed to take out of it and keep it moving.
I allowed myself about a half hour to feel all the things I felt, and when I could, got very clear and honest with myself about my part in the equation.
I reflected. And then I regrouped. And then, as soon as I could, I took a positive action in the direction of my Big Picture.
Because I am in charge of my choices. Not the “powers that be.” They can make their choices. Those choices may affect me.
But I get to choose what happens next.
In this case, I rolled up my sleeves and made a new plan. Reached out to supports for ideas (and also to “normalize” the news – keep it out of a space of shame.)
I soon had a clear plan of action. And some pats on the shoulder that let me know I was not alone.
No means “not now,” “not yet” or “not me.” That’s all. This or something better.
I don’t believe in things setting me back. Things happen, and I can either allow them to be a reason I fall back, or a reason I step forward.
I know what I am choosing today. How about you?
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