A Setback Is An Opportunity In Disguise

This was to be Monday’s article, but I hit the publish button before setting the timer for today, and you received posts yesterday. Because of my error, I have moved my article up so you would have something for today.

I have post articles Monday through Friday, and post quotes or tips Saturday and Sunday. I hope the article below is of benefit to you.

Setbacks are a fact of life. If you are not planning for them, you are not thinking realistically about where you’re going.

A sure way to handle any setback is to accept that they happen, as well as to let them happen. While this might seem to be ridiculous or even dangerous advice, the fact remains that setbacks are how we learn, or at least how we should be learning. As odd as it may seem, you prevent future setbacks by learning to avoid them when you allow setbacks to occur.

Think about the last time you learned any new skill. Better yet, think about learning how to ride a bike, or ski, or skate. The first time you attempted any of these things, you were awful at it. You were probably awful at any of them for quite some time. You were also very likely afraid, before and during your initial attempt, and before and during each subsequent attempt. Again for quite some time, you probably fell a lot. You also probably hurt yourself, perhaps seriously. If you think back on it honestly, learning any or all of these new skills was, in the beginning, a series of setbacks.

Then, quite suddenly, something unexpected happened. You started to learn the skill. Perhaps in an instant, you went from being stumbling, awkward, and injury-prone to being graceful and swift. You likely laughed or smiled with exhilaration. You did it successfully.

Going from a setback series to a moment of success is a perfect example of how any setback is an opportunity to succeed. If you had let your fear, awkwardness, embarrassment, or injuries stop you back when you were learning how to ride a bike, you would have given up on the success you ultimately did achieve. Instead, what you did was persevere. You learned from the mistakes you made, and you became more skillful at avoiding those same mistakes. You learned to treat your setbacks as opportunities to succeed.

If you bring that same mindset to any adversity you currently face, you will continue your success record. Every experience, new or familiar, comes with the potential for error. When you see that the mistakes you make are signposts on the road to success, you become unstoppable.

Until next time, please stay safe, and keep the faith. 

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