Posts tagged setbacks
From Setback to Success

The next time you face a setback, keep this vision in mind. Slow down if you must. Keep going, and maintain a steady pace. If you’re tempted to step off the track, pull yourself together. And above all else, do whatever it takes to stay in the race.

What you leave behind to keep moving is just as important as what you do to move forward. Today’s setback isn’t the end. Success is right around the corner. Tomorrow is your chance to start again.

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Chance to Fly

Pursuing dreams is like a plane trip. To start, you have to go to the airport. Your destination is clear, and you have a flight to catch.

Hesitation sets in as you drive into the terminal parking lot. You’ve already canceled this flight several times before. The thought of being out of control in the air makes you feel uneasy. This time you make it to the airport, but temptation to turn back hits you just before you board.

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Road to Success

Imagine that you’re driving down a long road. This trip is different than many others, as you don’t have a navigation system or a map to follow. While your vision is clear, the destination is uncertain. Yet you know exactly where you want to end up.

There are detours, exits, rest stops and obstacles along the way. Some take you down dark, empty side streets. Others lead to lush scenery and roads paved with success.

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Raise the Bar

Imagine that you’re running through an obstacle course. You have many challenges to overcome along the way. Some prompt you to stoop down, while others demand that you reach high. All require that you calculate risk and make quick decisions with ease.

Midway through the competition, you hit a big hurdle. To make it to the next level, you have to crawl under a barrier and raise the bar. Then, you have to find a way out of a small contained space to make it to the final stretch. You’re taken back by this obstacle, as you didn’t train for it. You’re determined to stand out, so you refocus your mind to push through a mental block.

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Stay in the Game

At times life throws curveballs when we think we’re about to hit a home run. Discouragement quickly sets in. We’re tempted to step off the field, and we lose the will to try again.

Everyone steps up to the plate with the hope of hitting it out of the park. Yet very few hit a home run. Some make it to third base, while even more make it to second and first. None start with a guarantee of success.

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Wrong Turn, Right Way

At the start of the year, you get the opportunity to look at the past through a rearview mirror. Perhaps last year’s progress was based on where you ended up at the end of the year. And your will to succeed was calculated by how quickly you got there. 

It can be discouraging to think about how things might have turned out had you taken another path. But it’s empowering to know that you can shift direction. If things didn’t go as anticipated, this might not be a long stretch.

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Hold on Tight

Sometimes we lose direction to find our way. Grace brings us back stronger than before. In fact, what feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way.

Many circumstances are beyond your control. Even so, you have control over how you respond. God is ultimately in control of the outcome. If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride, stronger than before. 

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Doubt to Action

Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way.

The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.


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