I am reminded of a quotation from Charles R. Swindoll, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” He’s right about disappointment becoming a powerful springboard to unseen opportunities. How many great inventions, discoveries or business deals would never have seen the light of day if disappointment turned into discouragement?
During my coaching sessions I’ve seen women business owners handle disappointment in one of two ways; it either makes them stronger and more determined or, they become discouraged and give up. How do you handle professional disappointment? Does it motivate you to succeed or stop you in your tracks?
Here are a few ways successful women entrepreneurs turn disappointments into positive personal and professional growth opportunities.
1. Learn the lessons. I know, that seems obvious but it isn’t always easy when you’re faced with the negativity of disappointment. It may be wise to step back and take a long hard look at the root cause of the disappointment.
Honestly ask yourself:
- Did I do my homework and was I prepared?
- Did I push too hard without knowing all the facts?
- Is it because it’s the wrong opportunity at the wrong time?
- Did I ask enough questions and listen carefully to the answers?
- How can I be better professionally prepared next time?
- What positive lesson will I take away from this experience?
2. Remember that it’s not personal, it’s business. For many women, disappointment becomes personal. In some instances it may become difficult to …Read More