155. How to overcome a career setback.
Recently, I have been dealing with a personal setback for the past couple of weeks, and of course, my clients have lots of setbacks all the time. Although I often share on social media how excited I am about achievements from my clients when they get a new job or just signed a new contract, that doesn't mean the path to that ultimate goal has been trouble-free.
The story arc from the point when somebody starts working with me to the time they "graduate" with a job is not linear. We learn along the way. We fail along the way. And sometimes, it can be very frustrating.
Setbacks make you lose momentum.
A setback can make you lose progress toward your goal and keep you from gaining ground. Setbacks make you stall on a project that you have on: It could be the project of your life, job hunting, training for a marathon, and so on. You stop progressing toward your goal, and it keeps you from gaining ground, from moving forward, and from achieving the things that you've planned to achieve.
We often forget that life does not run in a straight line. It's more like a rollercoaster, filled with ups and downs.
So how do you overcome it? Listen to this episode, where I will discuss some of my tips and personal stories to help you deal with career setbacks.
- Tip #1: Embrace your emotions (05:31)
- Tip #2: Shift away from pain (12:22)
- Tip #3: Update your goals and plans (17:06)
- Tip #4: If you can improve your game, now is the time to revisit your steps (23:53)
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Podcast Interview with Hannah Piterman
- Podcast episode about sunk cost fallacy and why it affects your career
- Empretec United Nations Program
- The Five Minute Journal I use daily
- Benefits of Journaling article. And another one
- Breathing exercise