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Delays: How to Get Success Despite Them

delays - how to deal with delay and still get success

Everyone of us experience delays in one way or the other. While one person may suffer delay in business success, another may experience it in finding a suitable marriage mate. Whatever the situation may be, it is necessary to know how to handle delays whenever we face them.

Are you experiencing any form of delay in any area of your life now? Delays have somehow become a part of everyday life. The flight is delayed. Delivery date is delayed. Delay in pregnancy. Delay in getting a job. Delay in getting an investor. There are so many delays people face everyday. Suffering or experiencing a delay should not be seen as the end of the world. As a matter of fact, how you handle the delays you experience will affect your success.

As a person who has suffered so many delays and overcame them, I have discovered that one can actually determine the outcome of every setback. That means even if you do not have power over the (delay) occurence, you have power over the outcome. For example, if I am being delayed in the reception area of a client, I can decide to play one of the audio books I have saved on my phone, rather than get angry and complain every 5 minutes.

I want to share some of the ways you should handle delays and still end up as a success in that area.

  1. Be in charge of your life
  2. Take responsibility
  3. Keep increasing overall resultant confidence
  4. increase success
  5. Keep adjusting your plan
  6. Be happy, by all means

Be in charge of your life

During what I now term as “the waiting period”, it is absolutely important that you are in charge of your life. The way to do this is to ensure that no day passes without you doing something concerning the area you are experiencing the delay. Learn something new. Do something new. Carry out a research in that area. Call someone. Don’t let the waiting area make you redundant.

Take responsibility

This is almost similar to the point above. Taking responsibility means that you are not throwing blames around. It means that you have the mindset of “this is my life. I’m to be held reponsible for whatever I do, say or whatever decision I make.” Make all the changes you need to make and keep moving. For example, if it is a purchase problem, start watching out and screening for new vendors while “leaking your wounds.”

Keep increasing overall resultant confidence

Charkes, one of my coaching students has been “looking for a job” for over 2 years before we met. I told him to start adding something new to his life as often as he can and we made a plan. Within the next 3 months before he got his dream job, he had acquired and mastered new skills that so boosted his confidence that his attitude to life had changed dramatically. Learn something new. Conquer old fears. Break a bad habit. Make progress.

Increase Success

The more successful you are, the more success you can attract. When David was told that he won’t be able to defeat Goliath, he presented his former successes as proof that he could. He said “I’ve killed a bear. I’ve killed a lion. I will kill this guy too.” Imagine he didn’t have a a past success reference point. Ensure you are completing something on a daily basis. Complete a poem. Complete the chapter of a book. Teach yourself how to code. Whatever -get success!

Keep Adjusting Your Plan

Take a look at your plans every now and then during the delay period. Ask yourself “is this plan still valid” in view of the current circumstance. If it is, consider approach – “is my approach right or not?”. If it is not, consider doing a review. One of the characteristics of successful people is that they are flexible. Successful people don’t waste time on methods that are notn working.

Be happy, by all means

Being happy makes you feel good. But it does far more than that. Do you know that there is a strong connection between being happy and success? Happier people achieve far more than unhappy people. According to a Harvard Professor and author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, “You’re 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.”


I want to hear from you. How and in what area have you suffered or experienced delay. What did you do (or are still doing) to handle the situation? Kindly share in the comment section below.


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