Setbacks Aren’t Permanent. Sometimes They’re Needed

A week into my training for the Grand Rapids Marathon I’m running to raise money to help children in Africa have access to clean water (you can help by going HERE and donating any amount you’re able to), I was on the sideline. I couldn’t run.

It’s not that I didn’t want to run. I did… Oh, did I ever. So did Lok.

Man holding a pair of Nike running shoes

Photo by Kristian Egelund

For some odd reason, my body craves to be on the road. My feet pounding the pavement. My shoes putting on the miles.

But when I switched from my Brooks Ravenna 8s (I sadly can no longer run in my barefoot shoes) to the Brooks Ravenna 9s, something happened. The shoes had undergone a big enough change between models that my running style was impacted. Not only that, my legs and feet began to ache.

Use Your Setback For Your Comeback

How Your Failure Sets You Up For An Epic Comeback

Setbacks… Something you hate to experience. Something that tells you that you’re not good enough. That you should just go home.

When you experience a setback, you feel like you’re 3 steps further back than when you began. You may think you don’t have what it takes to lead anymore.

Setbacks are great for comebacks

Photo by Aimee Vogelsang

But whenever you experience a setback, don’t think the setback is permanent. Your setbacks are temporary. And they’re a great springboard for your comeback.

The Dreaded Setback

Have you been in a situation where everything is moving forward and going perfectly? You feel like you’re the king of the world (Remember Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic? We all know what happened to him). Then what happened to DiCarpio’s character happens to you.

You have a setback. The project gets derailed. You have a moral failure. A pink slip is handed to you on Friday afternoon.