Have You Had a Defining “Do Over” Moment?

by Joe Lavelle on August 25, 2010

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I am thrilled to be a part of a awesome community of men and women who have a passion for the field of professional growth.  From networking to personal branding to marketing to self-motivation, I have learned so much from reading their blogs and books.

A recent post by my friend Todd Schnick reminds all of us what to do when it appears that we have lost everything.  What would you do if your biggest client takes his business elsewhere?  If you have a store or other business that relies heavily on a consumer’s disposable income, how are you faring in today’s economy?  Even worse, are you facing a medical emergency in your family that will require all of your time, energy, and resources and bring your professional advancement to a halt?

Todd suggests that we look at this moment of a crisis as a “do over.” Since things are not going to proceed as you had planned, now is your chance to paint an entirely new canvas (once any urgent situations are resolved, of course).  He recommends that you maintain a clearly defined life goal and then begin to build new growth around that planned end result.

It takes a certain level of boldness and creativity to take advantage of the opportunity when life presents a “do over.” Many people find it easier to stay in the environment they know, no matter how uninspiring, or to keep fighting for a business, an employee, a product that is not meant to happen.  But, if you are willing to take a chance, perhaps the final picture may end up being more amazing than you ever imagined!

Have you experienced a major setback or disappointment in life that, in its wake, created a “do over” opportunity?  If so, what did you do with that situation?  What advice can you offer to others who have lost almost everything?

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