Dealing with a Setback


It’s inevitable to hit a plateau, a setback, to take a wrong turn, etc. What counts most, whether its in the workplace, at home, or even in the gym, is that you don’t give up. Keep going until you’ve made it to the other side. Listed below are a few tips to get you through. If you have more tips, and would like to share them, please let us know in the comments section of this post.

Acknowledge the Setback

  • You can’t ignore the fact that there has been a set back. That’s almost like getting a flat tire and not changing it out. Set backs happen; it’s a normal part of life. You have to face the fact that there was a failure. Believe it or not, that’s the first step. As the old saying goes “you must admit to having a problem before you can fix it” or something along those lines. Part of this acknowledgment is to change your perception of the set back. One expert says to consider it a life-lesson; another says to think of it as an opportunity for growth. By doing this you change what was a negative experience into a positive event.

Analyze the Situation

  • Become your own CSI Agent (Miami, New York, whatever floats your boat) and examine your setback. Figure out the cause, and its effects. Put your problem solving skills to the test. Was it a missed deadline? Have the numbers on the scale not moved? Did you run out of ingredients? What caused this momentary pause on your journey? If it was something on your part, own up to it. If not, then plan for another set back in the future. By planning ahead, to fail, you can better prepare to succeed. Especially if its a situation you can see coming from a mile away. Maybe you need to work on how you manage your time, or rework your budget. If you’ve hit a plateau, then your strategy needs to be amplified. Ramp things up, really go outside the box; way out. Think Mars. Not really, but you get the picture.

Go to Work

  • Now that you’re armed with knowledge and a strategy, it’s time to put this knowledge to work. Use the information you’ve gleaned from analyzing your situation and use it to propel yourself forward.

Tomorrow Never Dies

  • Guess what? You’re going to go to sleep tonight and a phenomenon is going to take place before your eyes open. A whole new day is going to begin! Ta-da! That means you have another chance to make things right. Don’t dwell on the fact that you made a mistake. Instead, remember that a mistake was made, that it was temporary and while you may have some hard work to do on the road ahead, success is on the horizon.

In conclusion, your setback is temporary and as long as you can objectively analyze this tiny blip in your plan for world domination success you can always pick up the pieces and try again. Never give up! Never surrender!

– J

566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

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