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Founder's Corner #14 Reshaping How You Respond When Things Don't Go Your Way

Founder’s Corner #14 Personal Development Strategies: Reshaping Mindsets – How Do You Respond When Things Don’t Go Your Way

In one of our recent Podcast Playbook newsletters, we looked at some missed or overlooked in our lives, and it got me thinking…What happens when those things you overlook lead to other things not going your way? This is something that has recently cropped up for me, and so today, I want to look at some personal development strategies to help us out when things don’t go our way. I’m talking about reshaping mindsets. And specifically, I want to get into how we can reshape how we respond when things don’t go our way.

But first…

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Now, let’s dive into today’s post!

How Do You Respond When Things Don’t Go Your Way?

So, back to our topic, of reshaping how we respond when things don’t go our way. As I said, this was something that cropped up for me recently, and after some reflecting, I realized it all leads back to one main concept:

High standards! 

Now, there is nothing wrong with having high standards, especially as a podcaster, business owner, content creator, mom, wife, friend…the list goes on! 

These standards guide us to creating quality things and putting our best foot forward, giving it our all in everything we do.

But what happens when things don’t go as planned?

A little while ago, I was gearing up for another fully-booked calendar of podcast interviews, and things were going swimmingly. Only for me to get to my last interview, and guess what? 

I completely missed it!!

Somehow our calendars had the interview booked at two different times, and it honestly made me feel like I totally failed my guest, wasted their time, and I was so upset with myself for letting it happen.

After feeling horrible about the mishap and beating myself up about it, it hit me…why am I doing this? 

It honestly came down to the simple fact that I have set these incredibly high standards for myself. And although they are good, we need to keep an eye on just how we react to situations that don’t go as planned! 

Disappointment can be the first thing that sets in. But instead of feeling uncomfortable, disoriented, or like you’ve lost control, you need to find ways to calmly respond to these unexpected events.

In fact, we have to start expecting the unexpected! 

So, now let’s get to the good part…and dive into 3 key strategies to reshape the way you respond when things don’t go your way.

Personal Development Strategies: 3 Key Strategies For Reshaping the Way We Respond When Things Don’t Go Our Way

personal development strategies: reshaping mindsets - how to reshape the way we respond when things don't go our way

1. Shrink the Situation and Reevaluate

The first step is not blowing the situation out of proportion. Oftentimes we tend to build things up bigger in our heads than they actually are. And this can lead us to feel a lot worse. We then contribute these negative feelings to this “giant event”, when in reality it was actually much “smaller”. 

So shake it off, reevaluate the situation, and implement new strategies to help you prevent the mishap from happening again.

2. Take a Minute and Reflect

One of the best pieces of advice to help reshape the way you react to a situation is to simply not react at all. When you take a beat to assess the situation, and see it for what it is, you can prevent those negative thoughts and reactions from cropping up, stopping them in their tracks. 

This time of reflection can also help you reshape the narrative of the situation and help you identify what went wrong so you can course-correct for the future.

3. Get Perspective and Recalibrate

When things don’t go as planned, it’s so easy to feel like it’s the worst thing in the world and you can totally lose perspective. Instead, stop and try to see the bigger picture. This new perspective can help you respond to the situation in a much more constructive way. 

Then, once you are clear on the true perspective you can recalibrate your initial expectations to help you respond more appropriately.

A Final Word on Reshaping Mindsets

So remember…be kind to yourself. You’re doing amazing! The unexpected is going to happen. But it doesn’t have to derail us. Use these personal development strategies to help you reshape your mindset, and, as a result, help you navigate those high standards when things don’t quite go as planned.


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