How to Shift Gears in the Face of a Setback

How to Shift Gears in the Face of a Setback

Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath. Happy creating.” —M.F. Ryan

Have you ever worked on a project or branched out into something new only to find that, when nearing the finish line, things weren’t going quite as planned?

Recently, I was working on a project that at the last-minute hit a setback due to technical issues. As a result my business partner and I had to look at different options. Well, as stressful as that felt for me at first, I realized that in many ways the setback was an ideal time to shake things up and let go of thinking about how things should be. It was an opportunity to see things clearly and bring new thought to what we were creating.

It may not feel like it, but sometimes a setback is a gift in disguise—especially if you’re open to possibilities. Reassessing where you are often creates something greater than you imagined. All it takes is willingness to see things in a new light.

In this post we’re sharing how to create more when you run into a snag, or your original plans change due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Evaluate What’s Working and What’s Not

Often when we’ve been in a project for a while, it’s hard to switch gears because we have things wired a certain way. And when they don’t work as planned, it’s upsetting and sometimes discouraging. Time, money, energy have been spent, and the thought of changing things up can feel daunting.

But here’s the thing to remember—you’re not starting over. Sometimes it takes doing something for the first time to know that something should be done differently. Here’s where the opportunity comes in to shift things and make them better than they were.

The first thing is to be honest about what’s working and what’s not. Don’t let your ego get in your way. If it no longer fits, don’t hold on to it, even if you were the one that created it. Instead be open to what you’re creating in the moment.

Look Through Fresh Eyes

Imagine a clean slate to work with, knowing everything that you know now.

Keep what’s relevant and let go of what’s not. Let go of any “shoulds” or “truths” about what you’re working on. For example, “XYZ needs to happen for it to work.” Is that really true? If so, great! You know that needs to stay. But if not, ask yourself what could work better and adjust accordingly.

See whatever it is you’re working on with fresh eyes. Knowing what you know now, what would you change? You’ll be surprised at what comes forward.

Tap Your Inner knowing

We all have it, but don’t always pay attention to it. You can call it your intuition, a hunch, or a voice inside that guides you.

Your inner knowing is not your analytical mind, so take the time to go within and listen beyond your thoughts. Your inner knowing will never lead you astray.

And in times of change, when things seemingly go wrong, your inner knowing may point you in a new direction.

Put You Heart Into It

Sometimes when working on something over time, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and forget why we got involved in the first place.

Take a moment and reflect on the journey. What really worked and made your heart sing?

Let go of any judgment you hold about the delay or the problem you’re facing, and stay open to the possibilities. Because the truth is that whatever roadblock you’ve hit, is a sign that there is a better way.

As you change things up, put your heart into it. New ideas and fresh ways of approaching obstacles will come into your consciousness with greater ease.

Create Something New from Something Old

Here’s the beauty of it all. Whatever it is you are working on, if it’s not running the way it should and feels off, there is opportunity to step back and look at it differently so it can evolve into something different or new.

You may make slight changes, or you might decide that a whole new direction will support your success. Regardless, it’s exciting and wonderful to know that we can take what we have, keep what works, and change what doesn’t.

It’s not complicated, nor is it a long process. It’s simply being open to seeing things shift in spite of perceived the setback.

Remember, Each Setback is an Opportunity in Disguise

Next time you’re dealing with plans changing and things being off track, keep in mind that as you open up to seeing all possibilities, shift will happen and what you need will show up — bringing you the outcome you want.

Have you experienced setbacks in your work? If so, how did you navigate through the changes?

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