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HOW TO OVERCOME A DEVASTATING SETBACK

29 . 01 . 2018

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Are you undergoing a devastating setback? These setbacks can make you question your self-worth, your goals, your confidence, and your future. The fear of failing again can actually limit your behavior, leaving you unsure about facing your responsibilities, and the people who count on you. The truth is, anyone who has encountered success, has experienced setbacks.

And so today we are sharing some key steps to overcome these circumstances, for when they arise.

Find a way to deal with setbacks and failures

It’s impossible to go through life without having to meet any setbacks or failures. They’re an inevitable part of life. If you’re ever going to pursue a life worth living, you need to be prepared and equipped to handle setbacks. You must know what you can do to cope. Instead of calling it a setback or a failure, call it a life lesson. Make it a must to overcome setbacks.

Check your perspective on the setback

You must de-catastrophize. A negative experience is not always as horrible as you think it is. Check your perspective on what has happened. If you allow the feeling of failure to guide you, you will avoid risks and never attempt to achieve difficult goals. As painful as it may be to undergo a setback, believe in your power to push through it.

View setback and success to exist on the same road.

Think about your road to success. The truth is that you will always meet a bunch of setbacks before you get to the end of the road. There’s no way to go around them. Setbacks do not mean you’re on the wrong path. Instead, you just have to move forward.

Accept responsibility

Examine the setbacks that have transpired. Decide which ones you can control, and which ones are beyond your control. If you were responsible for the choices you’ve made, you can resolve to make better choices in the future. If they were unavoidable, move forward, because you have no one to blame.

 

Acknowledge your efforts

You need to celebrate the efforts you’re making to attain what you want to achieve in life, not so much the outcome. You have to give yourself credit. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You have two options: to try or not to try. When you choose to try, that says a lot about you. Celebrate according to how much of yourself you’ve given to achieving what you’ve tried to achieve. The fact that you’re placing yourself out there means that it can only get better from here.

Ask for help

Talk with others about your experience. Others may be able to see the behaviors that led to your failure. They can also encourage you. They can support you. They may also see your strengths more clearly. If you find someone who’s been through the same situation, you’ll be able to support each other.

Look for the opportunity

While a setback can seem devastating, it can also serve as an opportunity. It is our failures that make our journey to success more interesting. In fact, it is these setbacks that will help you get to a better outcome.

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