How to bounce back from adversity

Oct 24, 2017

When you lead a group it can be difficult when you have had problems- this could be in professional terms such as not hitting a sales target or receiving some negative feedback. Equally it could be because you are facing personal problems and need to deal with that. Whatever the reason learning to bounce back from adversity can be beneficial to both you and your team and here are a few tips to help you do that.

Learn lessons

There is the old cliché about “learning to fall so we can pick ourselves up”. It is important to look at what happened during a difficult period and learning the lessons from it. For example if you work in a restaurant and a customer complains about slow service consider ways in which you can improve the speed and quality of your service to prevent complaints in future.

Change how you think

It is important to note attach blame to yourself or other people. Becoming trapped in negative patterns of thinking will exacerbate the problem so it is better to take a step back and find more positive ways to approach challenges rather than be afraid of potential problems.

Follow an example

Who do you admire? Whether it’s an athlete, a film director or even a fictional character like a superhero look at how they approach a problem and work out a solution. It may sound strange but this kind of positive perspective will make it easier to find the way to solve issues.

Think positive

In a recent example a defender was asked to imagine stopping a striker. They were unable to picture it and so during the game sure enough the striker got past them and scored. A positive visualisation allows you to picture something going well and you are more likely to get a positive outcome if you can imagine it and work towards achieving it.

Consider meditation or other forms of stress relief

Inevitably problems can cause stress and this can affect you both physically and mentally. Meditation, breathing exercises or even simply taking a walk during your lunch break can help relieve stress and make it easier to concentrate and be more productive.

Don’t be afraid to talk

One problem with being in a leadership role is you may feel you have to be responsible for other people. The danger about this is that you do not open up to people and this can cause stress.

It is so important to get help- work and life coaches, helplines as well as friends and family are all there. There is always someone to talk to and this can give you the chance to unload as well as make it easier to think clearer after you have let your emotions out.

Equally in practical terms you should talk to your team about possible solutions to any problems and work with them. People often want to feel included and will often relish the chance to be part of turning around a difficult situation.


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