A lot of times when things don’t work out the way we want them to, we tend to get caught up in the situation and allow our emotions to get the best of us. Here are some reminders of what you can do when things don’t go your way:

1. Take a step back and evaluate.

2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem.

3. Realise there are others out there facing this too.

4. Process your emotions (Journal, meditate or talk to someone).

5. Acknowledge your thoughts.

6. Give yourself a break (Go for a walk, listen to music, watch a movie, get some sleep).

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about (Hint: It’s not the world).

8. See this as an obstacle to overcome.

9. Analyse the situation – Focus on actionable steps.

10. Identify how it occurred so it won’t occur again next time.

11. Realise the situation can be a lot worse.

12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it.

13. Pick out the learning points from the situation (there’s always something to learn from everything).

What do you do when things don’t go your way? Comment below and share.


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6 Replies to “What to Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way”

  1. Nice tips, we all have those days from time to time, sometimes it’s longer than a day, these are sure to be off help in those situations .
    Great post babe.

  2. Great post!! The older I get, the more frequently I am reminded that life never goes exactly as planned. If everything did go as planned, I would be a famous musician, and my beautiful wife and I would have 3 perfect kids by now. hahahaha In reality, I am single with no kids, and I am still trying to get started in my career as a golf instructor. Slight difference between my original dream and reality. 😉

    Your advice is spot on. A few of the most important lessons I have learned are: someone somewhere has already gone through the things I am going through in life, and they survived it; things are rarely as bad as they sometimes seem; I can’t bottle up thoughts and emotions inside of me… I need to talk to someone or write whatever is on my mind; there is always a lesson to be learned from any situation; and something good always comes from difficult times, you just have to be willing to look for it and recognize it.

    As stressed out as I can get sometimes, I have always made relaxation a priority in my life. If I didn’t take time to relax and get away from everything on a regular basis, I would have gone crazy a long time ago. haha

    1. So true Danny. You will make a good motivational speaker. Haha..
      “someone somewhere has already gone through the things I am going through in life, and they survived it”–now that’s something I needed to hear lately. I will keep that in mind.
      Thanks for sharing 😀

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