How to Overcome Everyday Setbacks

How to Overcome Everyday Setbacks

Everyday Setbacks Move You Forward

The first thing we must remember is that failure is nothing more than a temporary setback ~ John Salkowski.   In business, as in life, it’s inevitable that we’ll be faced with unexpected setbacks. Sometimes these setbacks are an advantage in disguise and ultimately help us achieve our goals and aspirations. However, more often than not, we face setbacks that have the potential to permanently side track us from fulfilling our goals.

Control Your Reactions

No matter what the setback, there is one thing that you can control and that is your reaction. If you’re having one of those days, there’s no need to allow that setback affect everyone and everything around you. Man up or woman up, carry on and go about your business.

Whatever the problem may be, you’ll need to address it quickly and come up with a solution. The best way to do this is by remaining calm, focused and levelheaded. Emotion can and will cloud your judgment, so keep it in check because that small problem can quickly escalate into a big one.

Temporary Setbacks

For most people setbacks are not always easy to swallow especially for ambitious, competitive, achievement orientated ones. By our very nature, we do not like to fail. The first time you did something, I’m certain it wasn’t very good. However, if you enjoyed it you did it again and again until mastery. Correct? You didn’t just quit, pack up and leave? I’m sure you didn’t.

How do you handle failure today? Is it the same way you handled it in the past?

The first thing we must remember is that failure is nothing more than a temporary setback. Once you put failure into perspective and realize that failure is a byproduct of success, provided you learn from it and keep at it until you get it right. Never quit!

Quitting is permanent, failure is temporary ~ John Salkowski

Tomorrow is a Fresh Start

Now that you know that failure is nothing more than a temporary setback, here’s another great way to quickly get back on track. Always keep in mind that tomorrow is a fresh start to get back at it harder than you did yesterday.

Now, are you ready for this? What separates the truly successful from everyone else is that they take their lumps, absorb the pain and then come back re-focused and ready for full-out war the next day. They don’t let the previous day’s defeat hold them back from achieving their dreams, goals or aspirations. They do not waste time worrying or complaining about yesterday because this only costs them money.

Be Like a Duck

Have you ever heard the saying, “be like a duck”? When you see ducks swimming, they look as if they are floating along quietly, not moving a muscle. However, if you look underwater, you’ll discover that they are “paddling” furiously in order to move forward.

Take failure in stride by allowing it to roll of your back like a duck.

About the Author

John Salkowski is a retired Police Officer after an impressive 15 year career who is now a Highly Sought-After Leadership, Motivational Speaker, Coach and Business Consultant. John shares his unique Leadership strategies in his signature presentation:

Leadership in the Line of Duty™
50 Leadership Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Who Has Been in Life and Death Situations.

John regularly speaks for a variety of leaders (ranging from entry level to experienced executives) for corporations, business groups, associations, colleges, universities, youth groups and sports organizations. Pulling from his 15 years of real world, in-the-trenches (and even life and death) Law Enforcement experiences, John now teaches leaders one of the most important key components of leadership (that is often overlooked):

“How to make Split-Second Leadership Decisions when the Direction and Success of your Organization depends on it!”

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