A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback

Life can be unfair sometimes. Too often, events take place that we have no understanding or control over. Bad things happen to everyone, but how you deal with your problems will determine the direction of your future.

Setbacks are a part of life. The question is- how do YOU deal with yours?

Staying optimistic can be a challenge when things don’t go our way, but you have to remember, struggles are temporary. Invest in yourself with a positive attitude. You may not see the results immediately, but you will reap them later.

When you experience a setback, treat it like an event contributing to your success. The process is the most important part. Here are the three components leading to your comeback:


A setback is complication, relapse or any event that stunts your progress. This could be a lot of things, but just to name a few:

-getting fired or laid off

-a bad breakup

-a death in the family

-a cancer diagnosis

-a drug or alcohol relapse

-a destroyed friendship

Focus on finding a lesson in your setback, then putting it into action. Ask yourself what you can learn from this event, and how it can make you a better person. You might be experiencing a wide range of emotions, but use your pain or anger as fuel to your momentum. Always keep moving!


A setup is the way a plan is put forward and organized. This part may require you to make some changes in your life. Try picking up a personal development book or meditating for motivation. Do what you have to do to move forward.


A comeback is a return to a former good position, but this time- a stronger version of yourself. If you can overcome the obstacle, you’ve already become more powerful.

Looking back on all your setbacks- how many of them have flourished into something greater? You may not have seen it then, but every one of those events had a comeback.

The last setback I had was losing my job at the beginning of the year. Now that I can look back, it was a blessing in disguise. Learning from this experience, and realizing that it wasn’t the type of job I wanted for myself-it opened so many other doors for me.

Whatever setback you might be going through, think of ways to turn it into your comeback. For example, if you’re going through a bad breakup, focus on loving yourself instead.

Something greater will come out of whatever your setback happens to be.



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