When I hit a wall of seemingly missed opportunity, or find disappointment in another’s promise, I can feel like a pinball boinging from bumper to bumper. But I think this cool cat riding a Roomba sets a better example for bouncing back.
I mean, just look at that form! The cat takes the bumps in stride, neither looking back at what happened, nor bracing for the next wall: simply spins and starts again.
Cushions make it easier to be a cool cat. Financial reserves, plenty of deals in the pipeline, and cross-trained staff soften the tangible impact of what’s unexpected.
Similarly, you can cushion your spirit for the bumps in every business by remembering to:
- Schedule your calendar lightly to leave time for surprises. You can’t bounce back when you’re tied up.
- Know what helps you process your feelings, so they can do their job. Walk away and around. Deep breathe fresh air. Knit. Write the letter you don’t send.
- Know what restores your energy. Yoga. Golf. Riding. Bridge. (Likely it’s any activity that gets your brain out of the office with fierce focus.)
- Surround yourself with other business owners for empathy, cheering, and the beverage of your choice.
Homework: Craft a bounce-back strategy for yourself, or think about what you are already doing intuitively. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!