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How to Dominate After a Setback

 If you spend enough time in the corporate world, you are going to be overlooked –it’s going to happen. Whether it’s missing out on a promotion, having one of your ideas shot down, or simply not receiving the recognition for hard work,  you must learn to deal with setbacks. As with everything in life, there’s a right and a wrong way to deal with disappointment at work.

Keep Your Goals In Focus

First off, do not lose sight of your career goals and personal brand objectives. Never allow external influences to affect internal drive. This is easier said than done, but you must stay dedicated to the development of your ‘Personal Corporate Brand’. (Which is basically how people perceive you and what you stand for within the company. I will cover what I call Personal Corporate Branding in another post. It’s too large a topic for the scope of this article.)
No one likes my ideas!

No one likes my ideas!

No Complaining

Secondly, don’t start bitching! Complaining is just another form of losing sight of your goals. No one wants to hear about your problems or how cruel and unjust a world you think we all live in. It only makes others around you uncomfortable and you may develop a reputation for being a whiner. Once you have developed that reputation, it’s incredibly difficult to shake –not to mention the catastrophic damage it does to your image. Move on.
It’s OK to feel hurt and unappreciated, but stay positive. Bounce back. Revisit some of your career goals and objectives –if you haven’t stated what these are yet, get started. You’ll never get there if you don’t know where you want to go. Write down your goals. Now, step back to see the big picture, examine the direction your heading in, and double you efforts.

5 Tips for Dealing With Set Backs:

1. Take time to go over your goals and where you see yourself in 1, 3, 5, and even 10 years. This will help you get some perspective on just how minor your setback truly is. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that big a deal.
2. Acknowledge your feelings of hurt and un-appreciation. You want to avoid burying them inside –this is never good. These feelings cannot be allowed to fester, although this doesn’t mean complain. Recognize the situation and note the your feelings –see next tip quick!
3. Avoid over-analyzing the situation. Moving on will become impossible if you are constantly going over all the variables. Leave it in the past –what’s done is done. To paraphrase Ayn Rand, we can’t control what happens to us, only how we react.
4. Keep this in mind, your brand/image (personal or otherwise) is not created overnight. These things take time. Stick with it. If you aren’t getting the recognition or the response you want, then be patient. Becoming known as the Go To Guy, or whatever you want your personal corporate brand to say about you, will take time. You can’t give up before you are able to reap the benefits. (see post about business golf)
5. Come in the next work day ready to dominate. Down a Red Bull, or your poison of choice, and come into the office energized and ready to kick ass. If you want to feel excitement, be exciting. If you need enthusiasm, be enthusiastic. Come in ready to set the world back on it’s heels.
Follow Your Road To Success

Follow Your Road To Success

Good luck my friends.
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