iLead w/Straine — The Rebound CEO

Published on February 18, 2014

Rebound ArrowGerman philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger,” and there’s evidence to support this proverb, according to a national study co-authored by Dr. Mark Seery. The study found that individuals who experienced some adverse events in their lives had better mental health compared to those who had frequent or no adversity.

Most people assume that all negative life events will have a negative effect on a person’s mental health, but Dr. Seery says, “We found that this is not the whole story, and people are more resilient in general than we may think.”

Even though you face tough times, we want you to think about adversity in a new way – that it can help you grow. This may seem hard to fathom, but your current challenges are strengthening your psychological immune system which will help you deal with future misfortunes. As you move forward to the future and welcome new opportunities, you’ll take with you a newfound strength – thanks to your loss and setbacks.

We’ve coined the term “The Rebound CEO” as a result of the many challenges we’ve observed small business owners experience these past few years. We like that “rebound” is used as both a verb – “to bound or spring back from a force” – and a noun – “a return to health; recovery.”

When you make a decision – which is the foundation for action – to begin the process of getting back up again, you set the stage for growth. This is the most important recommendation we give you.

One of the most difficult parts of life is accepting the fact that there will always be situations we can’t control. We teach our clients how important it is to manage their thoughts, to accept the things they cannot change, and to focus on what is left, not what is lost. This exercise alone will help you restore the balance you need in order to be effective, productive and profitable.

You will also create a balanced culture in your practice if your defensive moves are selective and your offensive moves are comprehensive. We typically see the opposite behavior in practices that are spinning out of control, and, unfortunately, those practices will continue on a downward spiral.

Lord Byron said, “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind give a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”

We sincerely wish for you higher spirits in the coming year, and a last recommendation that you follow this “rebound” checklist to firmly set you up when adversity strikes:

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