Life has a way of…well, happening. No matter how great of a planner you are, at some point something beyond your control will throw a monkey wrench into the works.

You can’t always control other people and extenuating circumstances. Things happen that can mess with your plans, causing setbacks, delays, and disappointments.

What do you do when that happens? How do you regroup, push forward, and succeed in spite of…or, rather, because of these little detours?

I’ve found the following three actions very helpful to getting back on your successful path:

First – Disrupt the Pattern

You’ve laid out your best plans for a new endeavor. You are excited and looking forward to getting your business up and running, smoothly and successfully. You can see that life of wealth and freedom awaiting you and the thought of that gives you feelings of joy and happy anticipation. Then something happens…a challenge…a bump in the road…and your feelings of joy become feelings of stress, fear, worry. You start imagining the worst.

You need to disrupt this powerful pattern of limiting thoughts.

One of the best ways to do this is to drop everything you are doing associated with the challenge. Instead, go do something you love and that you know you’re great at.

When you do this, you put yourself in a state of power, productivity, and positive associations. With some distance from the problem you will gain a better perspective. This allows you to see things as they really are, instead of clouding the challenge in negative emotions.

You can do this in a few minutes or an afternoon. Whatever time you need to get in a state of peak performance.

Second – Brainstorm with Quality Questions

Once your mind is clear, it is time to assess the damages and make new plans.

To do this, schedule a 1-5 hour brainstorming session. You can do this by yourself, but involving key players in your life and business is even better. A mentor is ideal.

My friend Joshua Boswell has said on many occasions that “Questions are the Key”. During your brainstorming session, it is critical that you focus on quality questions. Here are a few examples:

  • How can this challenge launch my business forward?
  • What is great about this challenge?
  • What new opportunities does this setback present?
  • What can be done to make this situation perfect?

There is a universal truth that every crisis contains a seed of opportunity.

Some of our greatest gains as human beings have come out of the greatest crises we’ve faced as a species.

There have been far too many wars on our planet, but as horrific as they are, wars accelerate the advances in science and technology far beyond what they are during peacetime. The crisis that war brings sparks people to think in completely different ways to solve an immediate need.

The Germans during World War II encrypted practically every message they sent out. An incredible team at Bletchley Park was tasked with decoding these messages, giving the Allies a huge advantage in the war. In the process they created the world’s first computer.

Since then computer technology has evolved and allowed people like you and me to work from anywhere to build our businesses and create spectacular lifestyles!

The human mind will always overcome…and so can you.

Third – Act!

Once you see the new opportunities and have a simple plan, it’s time to act.

There is nothing more powerful than work…taking action…to dispel the gloom of a setback.

As you act, remember that you can use the power of games, goals, team, and time limits to help energize you and bring fulfillment.

Remember these three simple steps the next time you are faced with a challenge. Stay positive and don’t be afraid to ask your peers or mentor for help.

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