How to Overcome Adversity in Business
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How to Overcome Adversity in Business

18th February 2014
By Jacqui Beel

There will always be times when businesses go through tough times, whether that is as a result of the economy or through poor decisions internally. But whether the decision is made for you or because of you, learning how to deal with adversity and how to adapt and come out the other side is of key importance to the success of your business.

Here we highlight our thoughts on what we believe to the key factors in overcoming adversity and having business success.

1.    Maintain a positive attitude.

No matter what has happened or is going to happen, it isn’t likely to be the end of the world. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Choosing to not let negative thoughts rule your life will have a huge impact on your ability to move forward and view your future with optimism and hope.

2.    Maintaining composure.

It is important that even if you feel like panicking, that you don’t. Take a deep breath and remain calm. The night is always followed by a new day and with that new opportunity. Panicking and believing the world is over is going to help no one.

3.    Remember the bigger picture.

It is always important to remember the bigger picture of what you are trying to achieve as a business, or what you are trying to achieve doing a specific task. Not getting bogged down in the detail and taking a step back can be sometimes all it needs to re-focus and remember why you are doing what you are doing.

4.    Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

A battle is never won alone. Remember there is no shame in asking for help or advice. Use the experience and skills of others who have gone through similar experiences. Also use the knowledge of experts in areas you may not understand. Reaching out to those who are skilled and highly supportive can be sometimes all that is needed when it comes to a win or lose situation.

5. Try again and then again.

If you fall of the horse, you are supposed to jump straight back on. A simple message, yet so important. Don’t quit if times get tough, continue to do all you can, learn from your mistakes and bend and adapt at that pivot point and try something new to come back stronger than ever.

6. Always remain humble.

Being humble is not only a great quality, it will make people warm to you and will make you a better business person. Unwarranted pride is a common reason for business challenges lasting far longer than necessary. Don’t be stubborn; remember that what is right for the business is what should always be at the forefront of your mind.

The most successful businesses and people in the world tend to be those that have had success and then lost it again and come back fighting. What lessons have you learnt in business that has made you fight stronger for what you are doing? Any top tips for overcoming adversity, let us know below.

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