Treat Setbacks as Signals

by Daniel · 4 comments

Treat Setbacks as Signals. — Geoffrey James

The way to avoid failure is to change the way you think about failure. First and foremost the only way to fail is to give up. If you quit and attempt nothing you fail, well at least until you wipe yourself off and start anew. Most of us think that setbacks are failures. This is incorrect, a setback is simply an opportunity to start again. Readjust your sails. Reprogram your GPS. A setback is a setup for a comeback.

I made a decision 25 years ago that alcohol and mind altering drugs were not helping me, in fact, quite the opposite they were hindering my life in a way that was unacceptable to me. The decision was to alleviate all use of these substances. I then built a strong foundation to anchor home that decision by taking action and clearing the wreckage of the past.

With that complete I then set out on a path towards fulfilling my purpose, living to my fullest potential. I have certainly not attained that feat yet in fact I am not close. I have had significant setbacks over the years. I have been homeless, jobless, penniless, lost friends, gained friends, lost friends. Disappointed people, my family, myself and more. But my commitment to remain addiction free has remained steadfast. Every setback has allowed me room to grow.

Of course some of this stuff is embarrassing going through it. Yet, what is the alternative? Life is way to good to give up due to a setback. We need to use the setback as a signal to take a new action towards our purpose driven goals!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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Carly June 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hello Daniel

I read ur post as its relevant to me right now. I am having a major setback, it certainly feels like a failure, and having to start over is really hard, but like u say if at 1st u dont succeed ..try …try again…

Good blog btw its really positive 😉

Jo Latino June 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

Dan…awesome! I love your honesty.
Go go go
From
Jo jo jo

PS I wish there was a place to upload my photo. I do not like having a blank face and looking like a man 🙂 lol

Daniel June 17, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thank you and I am happy for your challenges! 🙂 well it is how we grow! Peace…

Daniel June 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Actually there is a way, I need to ask my son how to do it! Thanks, love ya!!!!!

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