How to Bounce Back from Unexpected Interruptions
If you’ve been with me in this community for a while, you know that here, we have dynamic, courageous, disruptive, and sometimes CARE-FRONTATIONAL conversations.
One particular question I’ve gotten asked over and over again throughout the years that is so important, especially NOW is:
“Lisa, how can I bounce back when life throws me unexpected interruptions?”
I think everyone is experiencing some sort of interruption in our lives right now, right?
Some of us have lost jobs…a loved one…momentum in our businesses…our ability to travel and see our family. Others are facing health challenges, relationship challenges and social challenges.
That’s why this week, I’m sharing my top three tips that I personally use to bounce back when there are unexpected interruptions in my life. I’m talking about unwelcomed interruptions. The “I DID NOT see you coming” and the “I DID NOT want you in my life” types of interruptions.
These three strategies have worked for me and I KNOW can work for you too. They’ll help you to bounce back SOONER, QUICKER and FASTER so you can reach your goals while you are navigating life’s terrain.
#1 – Take note of how the interruption happened. Sometimes you are just part of the puzzle and did nothing to influence the outcome–you were just existing or being. And other times, you did contribute to the co-creation process. I know that can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow. But it’s true.
It’s important to understand that this is NOT about keeping score or beating yourself up. This is about keeping track of the behaviors that may have gotten you there, so you can learn from them and grow.
Whether it’s the way you might have been eating or lack of focus on your diet. Whether it’s your boundaries or what you may have allowed to go on in your business or friendship. Whether it’s the way you communicated or did not communicate in a relationship. Just take note of how the interruption occurred, so that you can analyze what got you there.
#2 – See yourself beyond the interruption.
In other words, see the end result. When interruptions happen, most people are in reaction mode. What you want to do is move from REACTION to RESPONSE.
How do you do this? You stop only looking down at the issue and putting your energy there. Instead, you raise your chin up and see yourself on the other side of this interruption. What does it look like on the other side? Allow this vision to pull you beyond the current moment, beyond the crisis, beyond the issue. Be very clear on that. Now, if you are detailed like me, you can even put a date on it. Not a date that will STRESS you, but one that will STRETCH you and keep you in ACTION.
This date might need to be changed or adjusted. You might have to change directions or change the partner to help you get there. But that’s ok!
#3 – Get a high-conscious, accountability community.
Ideally, this is more than one person. I recommend between 2 and 9. Whether you meet formally every two weeks on the phone or informally, having a high-conscious accountability community will keep you moving forward past the interruption.
These fellow change agents, unicorns and gladiators will not only be able to help you identify the interruption and how it happened but will also help you to see beyond the circumstance. They will help hold the vision of the man or woman you are despite this interruption.
Now, I say high-conscious for a reason, and it is NOT to be judgmental. Low-conscious thinkers tend to grow the issue, grow the drama, grow the impact and the energy of despair, resentment, anger, shame or blame. High-conscious thinkers tend to say, “Well this is true. You are right. This is happening. Now let’s focus on where you want to go and how we are going to get you there. Let’s get you back up and running.”
This community is going to lift you back up. And on the days where you are too tired and can’t run (let alone walk), they are going to link arms with you and help carry you until you find your strength again. I would NOT be where I am today without my accountability tribe who carried me when I felt I couldn’t take one more step.
So, take note of how the interruption happened. See yourself beyond the interruption. And finally, get yourself a high-conscious support system.
I’d love to hear from you how this episode resonated, so please comment below. What interruptions are you climbing through or climbing over? Did you forget about some of your goals because the interruptions have been so big? What was your biggest #AHA from this episode?
Remember, this is your tribe, and we are here to support you as you travel on this path. I LOVE you, I BELIEVE in you and will always be…your Sister in Prosperity and Possibility.