• Debs Taylor Hayhurst - Success FactorSetbacks are a nuisance aren’t they?

  • They just get in the way of what we want to do.

  • But, how do we deal with them when they happen and is there a magic formula to manage them?

A setback is a hindrance, a holdup, a delay or an obstruction.

Perhaps we could try to avoid them rather than how to deal with them. But if we are realistic we would probably realise it would be more sensible to accept that setbacks will happen at some point. If we’re honest we’ve probably all had at least one setback in our lives!

If we accept setbacks will happen, and they happen to everyone, then do we then look at what or whom to blame for them, or do we accept responsibility. Most successful people have had setbacks and they’ve learnt from them.

We need to be creative, step outside of our comfort zone, ask for help, look for a different way to get around potential setbacks.

Here are 3 tips on how you might deal with setbacks should they come your way:

  1. Expect setbacks – If we build these into our plan, our goal then at least we can look at the ‘what ifs’, the ‘plan B’, the contingency – this way we’ve at least thought more broadly about all the possibilities, about what to expect; at least this way we can reduce or eliminate the ‘surprised it happened’ scenario

  2. Accept setbacks – If we are to expect setbacks, and by that I don’t mean to focus on them, but have them at the back of your mind, then we automatically eliminate the ‘blame’ mentality. We almost always default to wanting or needing to blame somebody or something instead of accepting our actions or non-actions caused the outcome, the where we are now

  3. Plan setbacks – If we build these into our strategic planning, we can get into the habit of building in contingencies, therefore reducing the possibilities of setbacks or at least the impact because we have already thought about what might happen

Don’t let setbacks ‘bite you in the bum’!