Setbacks are unavoidable, which is why everyone has experienced them. For instance, Thomas Edison was said to have created over a thousand prototypes before he finally managed to invent the light bulb.
Even the legendary Walt Disney went through his fair share of failures, including a devastating bankruptcy and a mental breakdown that he struggled to escape from.
From billionaire investors and tech moguls to your average, run-of-the-mill individual, every person in this world has experienced – and will continue to experience – setbacks. What matters, though, is the way that they deal with them.
Here are three tips to handle and ultimately overcome setbacks.
1. Keep Moving Forward
Dealing with rejection is no easy feat, which is why giving up is incredibly tempting. For many of us, to consider the idea of continuing to pursue that particular goal is too difficult and painful to even fathom, so we sit back and choose to stop instead.
However, it’s important to remember that setbacks are an unavoidable and even necessary part of life. They may be challenging to overcome, but what you’ll gain in the end will be well worth the troubles that you had to go through. Don’t be afraid to push yourself to your limits and out of your comfort zone – after all, this is what personal growth is all about.
2. Have a Positive Mindset
When it comes to setbacks, it’s easy to focus on the negativity of the situation and all the things that went wrong with it. For instance, we may find ourselves dwelling on a business opportunity that failed to find success or on a job interview that ultimately led to nowhere.
But even with these setbacks, your personal skills and abilities are still worth believing in. It may not have been the right fit for that particular situation, but there will be other opportunities in the future that will prove to be the perfect one. Both failure and success are inevitable, which is why you should focus instead on the things that you gained, rather than on those that you missed out on.
3. Embrace the Learning Experience
Setbacks are extremely painful to experience; however, it can’t be denied that they leave you with valuable insights and important lessons that could prove to be relevant in the future. These pieces of wisdom are never gained when you’ve dealt with nothing but success. Rather, they only come when you go through challenges, difficulties, and even heartbreak.
“No matter what life throws at you, it is an incredible opportunity to grow,” says Stefan James (aff.), a business coach and the creator of Project Life Mastery (aff.).“It comes down to how you perceive your challenges – and what you do about them. Keep a positive mindset, and reframe challenges into your greatest gifts. Find meaning in your challenges, and take action to make things go your way.”
Experiencing setbacks may be an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t make them any less painful or difficult. Still, going through them will enable you to learn and grow, ultimately allowing you to become your best, most genuine, and most successful self.