How Small Business Owners Can Handle Disappointment

Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we look at how small business owners can handle disappointment without slipping into a negative state of mind.

First: Reframe

Disappointment sets in when our results fall short of our expectations. But we often fail to realize that our expectations are far too rigid and specific, leading to inevitable disappointment. In order to bounce back quicker, consider how your expectations may have been distorted or limiting. In addition, consider any positive or useful information that came out of the experience. Basically, loosen your grip on the idea that you’ve “failed.”

Kate Crocco coaches female entrepreneurs in transforming disappointment after a setback. She instructs entrepreneurs to ask, “Can I actually get in the mindset of peace and abundance when things don’t go as intended because deep down I know that means something better is on the horizon? Can I see the bigger picture?”

The Crucial Ingredient: Focus

While you may have been steadily focused in one direction, or on one specific development, disappointments require you to refocus. Once you have moved through the emotions and frustration associated with a disappointment, look at the reality of your situation. What new paths can be forged? What new projects have come to the forefront? Tamiko Cuellar, speaker, best-selling author, and CEO stresses the importance of creating and fully committing to a new plan. This ensures that you start building momentum in a positive direction while laying the disappointing situation to rest.