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Learn to adapt

When things go wrong in your project or business, it’s important to stay calm, assess the situation, and take proactive steps to adapt and overcome challenges.

Tips to help you adapt

Mindset is everything

Feeling stressed or frustrated when things go wrong is natural, but try to stay calm and avoid making impulsive decisions.

Incorporating mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga into your daily routine can help you stay present, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of calm and clarity.

Additionally, it can be helpful to focus on what you are grateful for to shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life and work. These practices can help you cultivate a sense of optimism and keep you motivated.

Clarify the problem and make a plan

Identify the root cause of the issue or challenge you are facing, but try not to spend too much time ruminating on the problem; instead, focus on finding solutions and taking action to address it. Brainstorm ideas and consider the different options.

Next, create a plan of action to address the issue and outline specific steps you need to take to resolve it. Break down the problem into manageable tasks and set realistic goals to work towards.

An essential part of your plan should be communicating openly and honestly with everyone affected by the situation. Let them know if there will be any delays or changes to agreements you have with them.  

Ask for help

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your network, mentor, or fellow creatives for advice and support. Sometimes talking to others can provide fresh perspectives and insights on addressing the problem.

Take care of yourself

It is important to prioritise self-care during challenging times by getting enough rest, eating healthily, exercising, and engaging in activities that help you relax and unwind. By caring for yourself, you can stay resilient and focused on finding solutions.

Remember to be kind to yourself and avoid self-criticism when things don’t go as planned. Facing challenges is a part of the process for everyone who tries to bring a new idea to life.

Learn from your mistakes

View setbacks as learning opportunities rather than failures. Reflect on what went wrong, what you can learn from the experience, and how you can grow stronger.

Don’t be tempted to think that difficulties reflect your ability to be successful. If you find yourself feeling defeated, take some time to reflect on all the challenges you have already overcome.

Prepare for uncertainty

Preparing for uncertainty is crucial as your income and opportunities can vary. Here are some specific strategies to help you navigate through uncertain times:

  • Build an emergency fund: Save an emergency fund that can cover your living expenses for several months. This fund can provide a financial cushion during slow periods or unexpected expenses.
  • Create and stick to a budget: Develop a budget outlining your income and expenses. Knowing your financial situation can help you make informed decisions and prioritise your spending during uncertain times.
  • Develop more than one income stream: This can help reduce your reliance on a single project or source of income.
  • Negotiate contracts carefully: When signing contracts, include clauses that protect your interests, such as payment terms, project scope, and cancellation policies.
  • Keep learning and upskilling: Investing in your skills and knowledge can make you more resilient in the face of uncertainty. Stay updated on trends, technologies, and best practices to remain competitive.
  • Network and collaborate: Building a solid network of fellow freelancers, clients, and industry professionals can provide support and new opportunities. Collaborating with others can help you access new projects and resources.


By implementing these strategies and staying proactive, you can better prepare for uncertainty and navigate through the challenges that come your way.

Be flexible and adjust your approach to adapt to the new circumstances. Resilience is a skill that can be developed and strengthened over time with practice and persistence.