Tuesday, February 3, 2015


From Setback to Comeback: The Journey Up


Nearly everyone has faced a setback. It's often one of the most challenging events anyone has to deal with. There are a myriad of problems and difficulties that can take us there, but there are also numerous strategies than can help us bounce back. You've heard it said that "it ain't over until it's over". Well, that's very true. You have to get your "wind" and begin again. It's rarely simple, but you can get back on your feet and begin your journey upward.

There are three important questions to ask yourself:

1.  "What happened?" Get a real picture, a true perspective of what occurred, and the current situation as it is. Facing it may be hard, but staying where you are will probably be even harder. You may be feeling shock, disappointment, surprise or despair. However, try to press through the foggy thinking and emotions to the place where you can answer the question as logically as you can. When you can address "what happened?" with the right answer, you'll likely address the situation with the right solutions.

2.  Next, ask "Is this fixable?" Most things are. Try not to make the mistake of believing something can't be fixed that really can. It may take time. It may take a lot of effort. It may take a mental or emotional shift. It may take money. It may take a lot of support from others. It may take changing your life. It may take changing your perspective. Whatever it takes, make an all-out effort to fix what can be fixed.

3.  This question is probably the most important: "Where is up?" You will  have to decide what to do, and where you are trying to get to. What does the comeback look like? Think it out and map it out. The climb may not be easy, but you'll be stronger, tougher and smarter as a result of trucking the course.

4.  You will need to be brave and courageous. Most of all, you will need faith, especially in yourself. Do the inner work. No one feels great during a difficulty or a setback, but the real journey up begins within. Build up your strength. Tell yourself you can do it. Build up your courage. Tell yourself you can win. Build up your faith. Tell yourself you have what it takes to make the climb. Truth is, you really do.

Setbacks don't have to be the end of the story. It's only a chapter in your life. Someday, when you look back, you'll see that very clearly. It will be when and where you flipped the page and decided to look up.

They don't call me "THE FOX" for nothing. ~ S.R.F.  

Silver Rae Fox is a writer and author, speaker, and host of "FOXOLOGY TODAY" on Blog Talk Radio. For speaking engagements and interviews, or additional information, email: SILVER@silverraefox.com. 

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