Handling Unforeseen Challenges like a Pro

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What’s the difference between a good employee and a great employee? The latter always knows how to cope with unforeseen circumstances. While some may crack under pressure, others learn to thrive and derive new ways to deal with adversity. The good news is that dealing with obstacles isn’t innate; it’s something you can practice daily. Here are some tips to help you:

1. Manage Your Emotional Response

No matter how tough the situation may be, one of the first things to do is keep a check on your emotional response. We do understand that this is easier said than done, but actively working toward the best emotional results will only reap greater rewards.

In order to find a new and effective solution, stay calm and focused at all times. We often tend to get swallowed in negative self-talk and utter phrases like “This wasn’t supposed to happen” or “This is so difficult.” Instead, take a few deep breaths and keep your mind as clear as possible. Focus on finding the solution instead of dwelling on the problem.

2. Think about Your Long-Term Goals

Sure, this isn’t what you expected, and this might even affect your current results, but remember, your long-term goals matter most. Once you step out of the chaos and focus on the bigger picture, you’ll be able to find the best possible solution.

Let’s say that your partner quit right before a product launch. Is the dream of introducing the product still going to be carried out? If not, what can you do to make it work? Quit worrying about short-term issues like lacking support, putting in extra work hours, or seeking external help. Think about reaching the long-term goal, and that will help you power through.

3. Focus on a Prevention Strategy

After you’ve tackled the storm, use this situation as a learning for the future.

Think about how the problem arose in the first place and what you could have done to manage it. This is also the perfect time to approach your team members and gain more insights into the situation. These findings will prepare you to avoid such circumstances in the future.

4. Listen to Motivational Speeches

Dealing with challenges in the workplace can be emotionally and physically draining. You’ll need a booster to help you power through the obstacles. North America’s keynote speaker Steve Gilliland offers a range of virtual sessions and motivational presentations that are encouraging and inspiring.

From transformation to leadership, culture, and more, he offers presentations on a range of relevant workplace topics. He’s also a member of the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame and posts exciting content on his YouTube channel.

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– Bill Russell, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce