How to bounce back and move forward

We’ve all confronted surprising setbacks, had our plans derailed or exhausting sought targets snuffed out.

It could possibly be operating out of fuel on the best way to a job interview, lack of an vital relationship (with little warning), or lack of a job.

These are just some of the setbacks I’ve confronted personally, however I’d contemplate myself lucky as these are considerably minor.


To be upfront, I’m not a psychologist or a physician. However having confronted quite a few setbacks myself and having coached a whole lot of gross sales executives and professionals who typically face setbacks day by day, I’ve recognized a quite simple but efficient course of to assist us bounce back when the surprising happens.

Once we create a course of for bouncing back, we strengthen our means to deal with surprising conditions sooner or later. It’s like growing our personal personalised method for overcoming what would possibly as soon as have appeared like insurmountable obstacles.

To be clear, the bounce-back method, as I refer to it, just isn’t resilience. Reasonably it’s a method to construct your resilience.

The American Psychological Affiliation calls resilience “the method of adapting effectively within the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or vital sources of stress.” Additionally they notice that being resilient doesn’t imply that an individual gained’t expertise problem or misery.

That’s why I give attention to growing a “bounce back” method. Our aim have to be to decrease any misery that arises from adversity, and—to the extent doable—restrict its impression on us. That’s as a result of the longer we face problem, the extra immobilizing it may be. As an alternative, we want to act to shortly move us in a brand new path.

There are three steps to the bounce-back method.

Table of Contents


Counter feelings with logic

The feelings that we affiliate with a troublesome or distressful state of affairs are what could make us really feel like not shifting forward. That’s why logic is so vital.

For instance, for those who had been to be advised your job had been eradicated, the emotions of shock, concern, and anger would doubtless all set in. We will counter these feelings by asking ourselves some logical questions like, are there different job alternatives? (There are.) Can we be taught new abilities? (We will.)

Countering feelings with logical questions helps us to absolutely perceive the state of affairs at hand and, extra importantly, develop a plan to move forward.

Develop a plan

As you ask your self logical questions, you’ll usually achieve some concepts about what you are able to do to move forward. Use these insights, which shall be primarily based on logic and purpose, to doc your subsequent steps.

Sitting and pondering what to do solely leads to procrastination and fear. Once we shortly formulate a plan to give ourselves a path forward and a brand new path, we restrict our destructive feelings changing them with emotions of hope and encouragement. Let these new feelings gas your momentum.

Take motion

Having a plan is nice, and within the brief time period, it might relieve some stress and anxiousness. Nevertheless, if we don’t expertise a change in our state of affairs, the fear and stress can return, shortly.

Because of this, we want to take not less than one step in our plan to move within the new desired path. Utilizing the sooner instance of dropping your job, step one you would take would possibly embrace:

  • Name a previous colleague and ask in the event that they know any firms which can be hiring.
  • Name a previous boss and ask in the event that they know anybody who’s searching for somebody along with your abilities.
  • Attain out to a neighborhood faculty to inquire about on-line programs to improve (or change) your abilities.

There isn’t a proper or unsuitable motion to take if the plan is predicated on logic. The important thing, nevertheless, is to guarantee your plan is actionable. For instance, if my plan was to launch a multimillion-dollar enterprise after dropping my job, I’d contemplate (logically) discovering a job within the interim to fund my bills whereas I construct the enterprise.

Apart from the renewed hope and encouragement gained from taking motion in direction of your required future, there are different advantages you’ll obtain:

  • You’ll start to see that your new path forward is feasible.
  • You’ll open up new choices, which shall be inspiring.
  • You’ll keep away from emotions of helplessness as you’re taking management of the state of affairs.

The important thing to keep in mind is that we’ve all encountered (and will proceed to encounter) troublesome conditions.

To bounce back and move forward, we want to apply logic, develop a plan, and act. The method of doing so will decrease our misery and fear and present us with hope and encouragement to hold going.


Heraclitus as soon as mentioned, “Change is the one fixed in life.” If that’s the case, then we owe it to ourselves to proceed to take motion to overcome our challenges and move us in a brand new, extra fascinating path.

Shawn Casemore is a speaker and facilitator who works with entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders to align their groups, “wow” their clients, and develop their companies.