How to Handle Setbacks

Shyte happens.

Major events can occur that force you to halt in your tracks, pause in your success, and even back-track on your goal-setting. They are unexpected, unforeseeable, and impossible to avoid.

There are so many setbacks that could happen. Your car could decide to stop working, or a major natural disaster could choose to pick on your place of residence. There could be a death in the family, or some unexpected births. You or someone close to you could get sick, or your partner could get a surprise promotion that requires him or her to move to the other side of the country for work. Like I said before, there is a lot of shyte that can happen. So much more even than I have listed here.

You can’t prevent the setbacks, but you can do your best to prepare for the unexpected.

The best thing you can do for yourself and your business is create a buffer.

Your buffer is your freezer full of ready-to-be-heated meals and set-to-be-scheduled blog posts. It’s your products that are ready-to-be-shipped and your emergency credit card in case that needed bonus doesn’t come through. Wherever you can: create a buffer. If possible, set aside a little bit of money every month for an emergency savings account (and NO, a hot tub or trip to Disneyland doesn’t count as an emergency, no matter how tempting.) Stock up on interesting social media posts you can schedule ahead of time, and be sure to post as much notice as possible if you will be unavailable to answer customer questions during a crisis situation.

You can’t prevent shyte from happening, but you can prepare enough to soften the blow.

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5 thoughts on “How to Handle Setbacks

  1. Laurie Rohner Studio January 14, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    Great reminder and many thanks.

  2. Heather Everson Design January 14, 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    Very good advice Megan!

  3. Tina January 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Sage advice!

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