via Coach Dawn Writes:
It could be a losing season. Or an injury to your star player. Or the death/sickness of a player or someone close to the team. Or a player with an eating disorder. Whatever the adversity your team is facing, we’ve got to know how to get ourselves, as well as our teams, through it with minimal damage.
11 Ways to Stay Awesome When Things Don’t Go According to Plan:
- Ask for advice. Hopefully we can find someone who has gone through what we’re going through and they can tell us how they handled their adversity. Hearing other folks talk about a similar situation is good for brainstorming, but it also lets folks know they can approach us about whatever bad situation is going on with our team.
- Reframe it as a challenge. Adversity is real…but it’s also how we approach it. If we tell ourselves that this is the worst thing ever and our team will never overcome this obstacle, then we’ll be pretty down about our situation. If we tell ourselves that it’s not that big of a deal, then we may not be living in reality. I think a good response to adversity is somewhere in the middle. Accept the challenge, figure out how to learn/grow from it, and don’t let it beat you.
- Tell your success story in advance. Think about a year from now when we’re well past our adverse situation…whatever that may be. Think about how awesome it’s going to feel to tell people about how down we and our teams were and how we managed to grab victory from defeat. Thinking about the inevitable success we’ll experience is invaluable in making it through the muck of a challenging situation.
- This is a necessary part of your story. Success generally doesn’t happen in a straight line. It ebbs and flows, with peaks and valleys. So we can see this adversity as just a normal and necessary part of our story. The bummer of a yin to the amazing yang that is bound to happen.
- Refuse to whine. Just like we don’t let our teams wallow in feeling badly for themselves after they’ve played poorly, we can’t let situations turn us into the person everyone runs from in the office. It’s okay to feel sorry for ourselves momentarily, but if it becomes central to who we are…something’s got to change!