Top 6 Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Situations

Here at the-Coaching Blog-run by Gerard O’Donovan, our aim is to constantly bring value to those seeking to improve their lives. Therefore we have a policy of publishing articles and materials by guest authors whom we value and appreciate. Today’s guest author is Anne Bachrach (USA)
Entrepreneurs are often juggling multiple stressful situations and if you let stress take over your life, you’re going to burn out and lose passion for your business. Overcoming difficult issues with ease is an art that can be learned, simply by identifying effective strategies for dealing with difficult situations. Once you learn the basics, you can implement them, in any difficult situation, to help you reach your desired end result.

Here are 6 strategies to help you deal with difficult situations.

  1. Take it One Step at a Time

Approach your workload one step at a time. When you are juggling multiple hot issues, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but taking it one step at a time is one of the best strategies for dealing with difficult situations. Start with the most pressing issue, and then break it down into small manageable increments.
Although you may be up against a deadline, it’s important to keep things in perspective.  Deal with the most pressing issues that cannot be delayed or postponed. The projects that can be delayed without much damage should be dealt with secondarily. Make phone calls to the necessary contact(s) to inform them the task will be slightly behind schedule. Apologise for the inconvenience and ensure the contact that you will deliver the task as soon as it is complete.

  1. Focus on the Goal

When you are dealing with a stressful situation, it’s important not to over dramatize. Instead of agonizing about the situation, focus on the desired end result. Focusing on the end goal is one of the key strategies for dealing with difficult situations because it helps prevent you from getting caught up in the stress and anxiety. When you remain focused and calm, you work more efficiently.

  1. Vent if You Must

Being productive is a difficult task when you’ve bottled up your emotions and stress. If you find yourself unable to concentrate on the task at hand, give yourself a few moments to let the emotions come to the surface. Cry, scream, yell or go outside to run – whatever you need to do to regain your focus. Have your five minute ‘pity party’ and put your Big Girl/Boy Pants on and deal with it! Be aware you are a leader, and your team will be watching.  Be careful what you show in front of them, because they will most certainly feed off your state of calm or chaos.  Seek guidance from a colleague, friend or significant other; they may have just the right advice for you to regain your focus.

  1. Take a Break

It may seem counterproductive to take a break when you’re dealing with a tough situation, but taking a break can really make a difference in your productivity. When I say take a break, I’m suggesting you to get up and out of the office. Sitting at your desk during your break will do nothing to change your perspective. Meditate, go for a walk, or have a cup of tea. Stepping out of your office and temporarily changing your environment may just give you a fresh perspective you need to finish up that project while remaining focused and calm.

  1. Organise

Working in an unorganised environment can lead to havoc. It can lead to a big deflation in motivation and harbour nasty procrastination habits. Keeping an organised workspace will help you overcome difficult issues with ease, because your environment will not be contributing to the chaos.
Develop the habit of filing papers in a defined area… like a file cabinet. Organise or eliminate all other items that are cluttering your workspace. Make it a point to tidy up your workspace before you head out each evening. A visually pleasing office will help you keep your composure even in a difficult situation.

  1. Be Realistic

Be realistic in what you can accomplish in any given amount of time. Although you would like to think of yourself as Wonder Woman or Superman, there is a limit to what you can accomplish at any one time. Pushing yourself to do more than is physically possible will only create needless difficult situations and add to your stress. Set up realistic goals for accomplishing tasks, without forcing yourself into a whirlwind. Prioritize, create a schedule and stick to it. Using a timer can also help; place one on your desk and use it everyday. If you are swamped at the end of the day, reprioritise the tasks for tomorrow before going to bed, so you can rest peacefully.
You can overcome difficult strategies with ease just by making a few changes to the way you handle tasks. Once you identify strategies for dealing with difficult situations and implement them, you will be prepared to handle just about any tough situation that’s thrown your way.  It’s about focusing on the end result, breaking each task down into manageable steps, and altering the way you work to reach maximum productivity.
Remember, when you are feeling overwhelmed, that is a sign to stop and evaluate the situation.  Tough situations are best dealt with calm and objectiveness. If you are too emotionally involved, upset or angry, it may be best to let it go for the time being. Take time to think and reflect upon your desired outcome and form your conversation around that goal. If you are ready to address it in 15 minutes, great. If you need 24 hours, that’s okay too. The important thing to remember is to follow these six strategies to help you achieve your end result – however, long it takes.
Anne BachrachAbout Anne Bachrach
Anne Bachrach is known as The Accountability Coach™.  She has over 23 years of experience training and coaching.  Business owners and entrepreneurs who utilize Anne’s proven systems and processes work less, make more money, and have a more balanced and successful life. Anne is the author of the books, Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule!, and Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices We Make Impact Our Lives, and The Work Life Balance Emergency Kit. Go to http://www.accountabilitycoach.com/Achieve.Your.Goals.Free.Gifts.Now/and get 3 FREE gifts, including a special report on 10 Power Tips for Getting Focused, Organized, and Achieving Your Goals Now.  Join the FREE Silver Inner Circle Membership today and receive 10% off on all products and services, in addition to having access to assessments and resources to help you achieve your goals so you can experience a more balanced and successful life.
 
 
 

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