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The Business of Healthcare Podcast with Tara Humphrey

Oct 31, 2019

BH014 When you have had a bad day 

We all have bad days. Whether it’s due to a stressful event in our personal lives or an unexpected situation occurs at work that causes us to feel upset, worried, or otherwise stressed - we all experience moments when we think we’re prepared for just about anything, but something unexpected occurs. The question is - how do you handle bad days? 

In today’s episode, I share a recent bad day experience I had at work and the strategies I used to put that situation into perspective. I discuss the importance of identifying what you know to be true about a bad experience or situation and how it can differ from the story you tell yourself in the heat of the moment. I explain the process I used to help me learn from that experience, to allow me to make better decisions in the future when a similar situation arises. I also explain why it’s critical to separate your feelings and emotions from the facts of an event and how it can change your entire perspective on a situation.

“We all have bad days. We all have situations where you think you’re prepared, and something else happens.” - Tara Humphrey

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This week on The Business of Healthcare:


  • The importance of separating your feelings from the facts of a situation
  • Understanding your role in a situation and the importance of identifying the areas you could have influenced
  • Identifying the best-case and worst-case scenario and what you would do if they occurred
  • Addressing whether your proposed actions are aligned with your personal and professional values
  • Determining what you could do differently in a similar situation

Ask Yourself:

  1. What do you know to be true, and what is the story you’re telling yourself?
  2. What is your role in the situation? What is in your power to influence, and what is out of your control?
  3. What is the worst-case scenario, and what would you do if that happened?
  4. What is the best-case scenario, and what would you do if that happened?
  5. What do you want to do now, and are you willing to do it?
  6. Do your proposed actions go against your values?
  7. If you could turn back the clock, what would you do differently?



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