How to Turn your “Setback” Into a Steppingstone
After hurting my back and hip and dealing with intense pain, I was unable to work on any of the many projects I had going. I just did not feel like working due to the pain and pain meds.
Needless to say, I was unable write or meet my clients. This episode was such a setback because many of my projects got delayed and I lost a few opportunities – one was very important. I really felt overwhelmed and disappointed, but I had to quickly realize that everything I go through has a purpose and a lesson to be learned. I can say that I have learned to build teams and stronger relationships. Thankfully, with prayer, implementing some helpful strategies, trusting God, and gaining knowledge, I was soon on my way to recovery and success. I even received a greater opportunity than the one I lost. God gives us double for our trouble.
“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore, in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. God says in His Word that you will receive double for your trouble.”
Here are 10 tips to turn your setback into a steppingstone:
1. Pray and seek God for wisdom and knowledge about your situation. He will answer. I love what the book of James in the Bible says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5)
2. Mentally realize that your situation is only temporary.
3. Watch what you say during your setback, which is simply a delay in progress. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)
4. Don’t enter self-pity. Understand that God will get you through this.
5. Realize that God is bigger than your problem, trial or any sickness that comes your way.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is always a tough one for me. I am so thankful for my family and friends who prayed for and helped me during my difficult time.
7. Get help from professionals (doctors, counselors, therapists, lawyers, or a good CPA).
8. Understand that you are stronger than you think. You just need to believe in yourself and God. The bible says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengths me.” (Philippians 4:13)
9. Stay positive!
10. Visualize and thank God for victory in advance!
Any time you start something or are working on something good, there will always be setbacks that come your way, but remember you have the power to overcome every one of them.
Be encouraged! You got this!