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4 Keys to Overcoming Everyday Setbacks

by | Encouragement

Every new day comes with its own set of challenges and surprises. Life happens and things don’t always go as planned, but that’s what keeps it exciting. Learn to take life as it comes, and don’t get discouraged by the small, daily obstacles. But, taking life as it comes is easier said than done. It is an art that takes practice and skills, so keep these tips in mind to overcome your everyday setbacks.

4 Keys to Overcoming Everyday Setbacks

Put an emphasis on focused and forward thinking

Keep your thoughts in focus when things go wrong. It’s way too easy to overreact and get discouraged by the smallest setbacks, so remind yourself to clear your head of all other distractions and focus 100 percent of your attention on the problem at hand. Make decisions with the future in mind and don’t dwell on past obstacles and failures. Do everything with a clear head and a forward-thinking mindset – you’ll be back on your way and getting things done faster than you thought.

Live for yourself

Make intentional efforts to remind yourself not to live for the satisfaction and approval of others. Forget everyone else’s agendas and what they are thinking about yours. Instead, make sure you keep a clear mentality of your own intentions, plans and dreams. In doing so, you don’t waste time getting lost in the chaos of what other people want. When you remember to live for yourself, the decisions you make throughout the day will make you happier and more content at the end of it, despite what might set you back along the way.

Hear different perspectives

More often than not, when we experience a setback, it’s because we don’t know what to do next. We tend to feel discouraged and trapped inside our own head, and we don’t know where to turn.  It might feel like you’re stuck at a dead end, but ask around and get advice from others. By hearing different perspectives, you’ll widen your own, and you just might discover something you didn’t know before.

Refresh and re-energize

This tip is the easiest one to practice, but also the easiest one to forget. Instead of getting worked up over another obstacle, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, or go for a walk. Taking a small break will re-energize you for when you return to your tasks. It will leave you with a refreshed mindset and a clear plan for a new approach.

Sometimes a minor setback can alter an entire day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome it. Focus on solutions instead of the problem and overcome any obstacle that crosses your path!


  1. Steve

    Simple, easy to follow. Like?

  2. Parm

    We all experience setbacks. So this is great guidance, furthermore, it truly works!

  3. Guylaine

    Love these key points!

  4. Kathy

    Great points to keep in mind every day

  5. Leila Lucas

    Such great wisdom! We all benefit by being reminded that we are on the right track through honest menters such as yourselves. Thanks Dan and Sandy!


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