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Setbacks Are Part Of Reaching Goals
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Setbacks Are Part Of Reaching Goals

Everybody has dreams and everybody has goals to help them reach those dreams. With goals come the obstacles, the setbacks. This is all part of achievement, working through the difficulties that stand in your way. I have many goals right now, some short term, some long term. But all require me to not give up.

This is much easier said than done, and I too struggle with negative feelings when things to seem to go as planned. It's in my nature to react emotionally to problems I face instead of objectively. That's one reason I need to remind myself how to deal with setbacks and instead bounce back.

One of the most important things to remember is there is not a single human being on this planet that does not experience setbacks or challenges. Equally important is that we as individuals are in control of our destiny! That is not to say we can control everything that happens to us externally. We do however possess the tools to work through and around the issues we face and come out victorious.

A good way analyze a setback you encounter is to ask yourself, "What were my expectations when I set this goal? Did I really think it would always be easy?" Of course not. This is especially true regarding the most worthwhile goals we pursue. Anything worth doing is not going to be easy. So be realistic.

What will it take to move forward then? The key lies in how we view our setback and what we do about it.

First, it's important to remember successful people are positive people. They try not to look at a setback as a personal failure. They try to look at it instead as a blessing in disguise. How can that be? Challenges are opportunities to learn and grow. Without them we simply to not evolve into happier, more successful individuals.

For example you can ask yourself, "What skills have I developed so far in pursuing this goal? How has my pursuit helped me learn and grow, and more importantly how will it help me further do so as I stick with it?" Looking at this from an objective viewpoint and not an emotional one will really help you see the positive side of facing a challenge. Doing so helps you see a failure big or small, as accomplishing a partial goal, not a loss.

Look at each set back as just that. One setback. Try not to over generalize it as a whole failure, but one isolated incident. You just simply move forward from that one, and continue to build up your stock of personal achievements. This is actually a really important point. You need to from time to time reflect on everything you've accomplished thus far. Facing an obstacle is a perfect time to do that since in serves to encourage you and get you back on track. You've done so much!

Setbacks are only temporary if you let them be. Remember you become what you think. Don't become trapped in a negative mindset. You can choose live in the moment as long as you want. Take control of your thoughts, face your fears, and then take action!

Don't forget to gather back your motivation. What was it that moved you to set this goal in the first place? What is the big picture and what is the passion driving you that makes this goal so worthwhile? Sometimes it's a good idea to seek a little help from someone who understands this about you. A close friend, family member, or a mentor can offer words of encouragement and help regain that motivation. They may even help you solve the problem or help you find an alternate route to getting past the setback.

I've saved the most important key of reaching goals for last. Be persistent. Facing some bumps down the road is just part of the journey. When you hit a bump you don't stop the car, get out, and give up. You simply keep going. So do that, keep going. Never quit. Use persistence in your everyday activities and you'll be one step closer to being where you want to be. Be persistent and you will succeed!


Street Talk

This is a great article. Setbacks can be mistakes or it can be a sign you need to do something differently. Persistence counts when you know you are on the right track. If you need to make a change before trying something again, make that change and see what happens.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Exactly! That's what makes new pursuits such a great learning opportunity. It's how we evolve. Thank you Sarah!

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  about 7 years ago

Great article.Setbacks are everywhere in daily life. Keep an open mind is how I deal with setbacks.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Daniel, appreciate you reading!

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  about 7 years ago

A great article! I think what really got me was reflecting on my past accomplishments. Setbacks are really psychological barriers in our heads.

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  about 7 years ago
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