As entrepreneurs, we try to foresee what will happen next. But, it does not always work out that way.
How do you react when a curve ball comes instead of that fast ball (baseball analogy)?
We should always expect the unexpected, it is just a rule of nature.
So in today’s post, I am going to give you 7 tips for dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #1: Stop And Think About Your Options
While some circumstances require immediate action such as a fire, in the majority of circumstances, there is time to think and weigh your options. Making a “rushed” decision can sometimes be fatal.
Take a moment… Get up from your desk… Take a walk and weigh out all your options. By doing so, you will likely have clearer thoughts and the answer may come to you.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #2: Don’t Let Little Things Override The Big Picture
Sometimes an unforeseen event is a culmination of many smaller issues. It is important that you put each issue in its place. You really do not need to perfectly solve each and every little thing. Look at the big picture. Solve the big problem and let many of the little issues ride the waves solo.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #3: Don’t Just Automatically Assume The Circumstance Is Bad
I like to think circumstances have a reason for occurring. And just because you did not foresee a circumstance does not mean it’s a bad thing. Let’s just say an entrepreneur is scheduled for a flight that he MUST be on. The airline has a problem and tells him they overbooked and he must take the next flight.
The entrepreneur is livid! He must make this flight because he has an important meeting.
He makes calls and reschedules the meeting but is still angry at the airline. And then the news comes that the plane had crashed.
While the circumstance was bad and the result was terrible, it was not nearly as bad for him as if he would have got on that plane.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #4: Be Prepared For Various Outcomes
While you can’t prepare for every single thing, you can prepare for every possible outcome that could enter your brain.
By doing so, your preparation may work even if the outcome is something totally unexpected.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #5: Consider How Others Will React To Your Reaction
As a leader, you have tribe members who will follow your example. So before you scream, cry, hit something or throw a temper tantrum, remember that your reaction will be intensified when your followers mimic you.
I say calm and cool is the way. Remember that your attitude can build or break the unforeseen circumstance.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #6: Focus On The Here And Now
Instead of thinking about what you could have done different or looking at how this circumstance will affect the future, focus on what you can do right now to handle this situation.
Remember, the past is gone and the future is yet to come. Deal with the right here and now.
Dealing With Unforeseen Circumstances Tip #7: Consult With Others
Just asking other people what they would do can be a great way to get some ideas. I suggest only talking with trusted individuals.
It doesn’t mean you have to follow the path they say, but by doing this, you are getting a variety of ideas to help you manage through the unforeseen.
It will happen!
In the world of entrepreneurship, there are always unforeseen circumstances. How you handle them is the key.
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