I have a good friend going through a tough time right now. He’s just recently suffered a big loss, and despite putting out a strong front to the world, I know he is struggling mightily.
“I suck at this,” he says. Followed by “I feel so broken.”
I get it. We’ve all been there.
And then today, as I write this, I had a big business setback myself. A project I was counting on fell through at the very last minute.
“How could this have happened to me,” I yelled out loud earlier today, within earshot of my poor wife who had no choice but to listen to my frustrated rant.
I’m feeling pretty blue as a result. This despite the fact that at this very moment in my life, I’ve never been happier, I’ve never felt more optimistic, and the growth track with my business remains overwhelmingly positive.
But setbacks and losses still suck. They still hurt. A lot. And it’s easy to fall into a tailspin as a result.
Here is what I am learning: Setbacks are a regular part of life. As much as you don’t want them to happen, they do. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IN THIS MATTER.
And instead of curling up in the fetal position, or venting through loud vocal obscenities and rage like I do, foolishly, you have to suck it up and move on.
Business and life is uncomfortable. It just is. If you expect it to be smooth and easy, you’ll be disappointed.
But it is moving forward, picking yourself back up, taking one step forward at a time = THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP GOING.
You know this, even if you are unwilling to admit it.
All the great ones do this. You can too. I can too. And I have to, for people are counting on me.
Life is uncomfortable. And it always will be. You have no choice but to accept that, and take that on as a personal challenge, and embrace it.
The Sun will come up tomorrow, the clock will keep ticking, dust will keep going through the hourglass, and you’ll still be there…
The question is will you be wallowing in it and sucking on your thumb? Or will you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward…Always Forward?