What Do You Do When Your Day is a DISASTER?!?

Not feeling my best right now so I thought I’d share with you what’s been going on…

What You Will Learn In this Show:

  • What do you do when your day is a DISASTER? - 0:32 
  • What are the things that we can take from it? - 3:34

Key Takeaways &/or Action Points

Add benefits of these takeaways:

  • Running a business is not all smooth sailing.
  • We have to be resilient.
  • Let things go.

Add benefits of applying these actions:

  • Do the best you can.
  • Get the help that you need.
  • Let go and move on with other things.


This afternoon I had a bit of an unmitigated disaster. I’ve just decided to just cancel what I was going to talk about today and talk about that instead. Why? Because running a business is not all smooth sailing. There are things that go wrong.

Today was just embarrassing apart from anything else. I had an online workshop that I’m doing today. What happened was that it’s supposed to happen at two o’clock. I had some text I’ve used getting my updated presentation on where I was streamlining the content, and making it work all smooth. I was really excited to use the new version of the slides on this workshop because this is what I’ve been doing for a few weeks now.

They wouldn’t upload. Eventually, I was like, “Okay well I have to go. I had to get going.” Then it wouldn’t start properly. Eventually, at this point I’m nearly 10 minutes late. I’ve had to stop and send an email out to attendees to say, “Apologies. Technical issues. Come on board, I’m now live” which they did. The way my system works is that this is a newer version of a system I’ve used for a while. It allows you to upload your presentations so that you don’t have to screen share. But because that hadn’t worked properly, I ended up screen sharing.

Then the next thing I’m seeing in the chat are all these messages saying, “Una, we can’t see your slides. Una, we can’t hear you.” Have I lost connection? I’m like, “What’s going on?” I look at the screen and I’m like, “It’s not there.” I was like, “Oh right, okay.” So I reconnect and screen share again. This has happened again two more times. Then the last time when I saw it, there was no mic either. I kept clicking the mic and it wouldn’t go on.

If you have ever a day like that, you know what, it happens. They say, s**t happens. I don’t mean to swear. Excuse me. But it just feels like it today.

We have to be resilient. We have to be able to get back up. Even me trying to fix this issue, it has gone wrong because I’ve messaged everybody saying, “I’m willing to do it again on Friday at the same time.” Normally I do a later one on a Friday to cater for the people I’m talking to in North America.

So, even while I was trying to fix it, they somehow knew even though I was trying to get them on that time two o’clock on Friday. According to the system, they’re registered in all different places. Anyway I got a support ticket in. There’s nothing more I can do about it right now. I’m sure that they don’t want to hear about it anymore. Let’s wait and see what support comes back with.

I guess there’s a couple of things that we can take from today. Number one, do the best you can. Number two, hand over, get the help that you need. I’ve now gone to support and said please help me out with this. Number three, you’ve got to be able to let it go and move on with other things. Remember when stresses happen you can choose to see it as manure that it helps you grow.

Because the thing is if you don’t let go of the crappy things that happen, then you’re making the misery last longer and that’s not the way I want to live my life. Yes I’ve been a bit embarrassed but it’s gone now.

This resilience is what will carry you through in running your own business because it’s not always easy. Sometimes things do go wrong. Not everything will run smoothly with your best efforts. You might attract the wrong clients, or you have some technical issues like I’ve had today, or maybe you make a mistake. Maybe I should have checked earlier if it had uploaded or not. So, a bit of it was my responsibility too.

That’s why I would say to you, be resilient but let things go. Don’t hang on to them. Have you ever heard the saying, “death by a thousand cuts”? This is where people are anticipating something that has gone wrong and they’re kind of living what’s going to go wrong so many times in their mind. It’s as if they’re being killed by a thousand cuts.

You can do that looking back as well as looking forward. You have to be able to let things go. I think having done so much personal development made it a lot easier for me. It didn’t use to be easy for me to do it at all. I was completely mired in the past. So, if you feel like that please get some help to get out of the past and to be able to live in the present.

Just have an attitude of resilience and being present and making the most of what you’ve got. My day isn’t over yet. I’ve actually got a brand new client. We’re having our first session this evening. I’ve got that to look forward to.

I would love to hear your stories. Have you had a disaster recently? What happened? How did you deal with it? Pop them in the comments and I will come back and get involved in the conversation. Thank you very much for joining me today for my weekly show. I’m here same time every week Wednesday 4:30 GMT, 11:30 AM EST. Have a great week and I will see you next time. Bye!

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Una Doyle

Una is a Business Development Coach for Creatives & their Teams. Using Wealth & Talent Dynamics she helps them to grow their business by accelerating Trust and Flow. She loves cooking, salsa dancing and walking and also works as an actor under her stage name Una Love.

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