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3 Way to Cope With the Bad Days at Work Business can be messy but there again life can be too.....Just when you think things are going great then a large speed bump comes along to test your resolve. Life is like this and as much as we would love to sail through a happy trouble free life, we know life isn't like that. So why do we expect business to be constant, consistent saless growth - after all business is part of life! No, we will have surges to attention, profit spikes followed by failed product launches or even a customer going under when they owe us money. It is not the bumps in the road that we can always avoid, it is whether we have the right shock absorbers to get us over them! Are you ready for those bumps, are you ready to enjoy the gorgeous open roads ASWELL as the boneshaker country roads which test your resolve? In business most people can do a great job when things are going well, the test of a great leader...the test of a great business...is how they respond to the bad days. We can prepare ourselves yet often this is put off until tomorrow. And we all know that tomorrow never comes.....Here are some ways to ease those bumpy roads.. Dad always taught me to look ahead. When he was teaching me to drive he said it is important to keep your eyes looking at the road in front NOT just the next few yards. This is true in business. This is true in life. We often remain blind to future problems....not because we can't see them looming but because we don't want to see a problem. However seeing a problem ahead means you can do something about it today! How often do you take 15 minutes to look at possible risks and plan a route around them? Keep something in reserve to cope with problems, be it financial, marketing, bad PR etc This is especially true with energy - remember sometimes you have to recognise when to give up a smaller battle to win the war. How often do you waste energy fighting battles that are not critical? How often do you waste energy doing tasks rather than working on the business? Belief is a huge part of coping with the bad times. Do you truly believe in what you are doing? How often do you check that belief and reaffirm your belief?

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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