Have you ever been making great progress, only to hit a setback?
You were doing so well, then all of a sudden - BAM - life throws you a curve ball.
It's painful, frustrating and can ruin motivation.
I've been there - many times. You're not alone.
Here are 3 easy steps to deal with frustrating setbacks.
3 easy Steps to deal with frustrating setbacks
I was watching the English Premier League the other day.
If you don’t know what that is?
It’s probably the best football (soccer) league in the world.
In fact, I’d go as far as saying it IS the best in the world.
One of the players goes down injured.
Now I have a soft spot for injuries in football because I’ve been there so many times. I’ve had more injuries than I can count.
But setbacks come in many forms - not just in sport.
Setbacks happen in daily life too, in any industry, in any form.
Maybe you intended to go to the gym after work but got called into a late meeting?
Maybe you had a really good week food wise, only to blow it at Mary’s 50th on the weekend?
Or maybe you tweaked your back picking Emily up off the supermarket floor after throwing a tantrum…
Either way, a setback is a setback.
Maybe you’re going through one right now?
It's frustrating eh?
I hear you.
But how do you deal with setbacks?
Because sometimes it's not the setback the ruins you, it's how you deal with it moving forward.
Here's how I deal with setbacks in 3 easy steps.
I call it the ASS analogy.
1 - Acknowledge the setback
Identify the setback and acknowledge it.
Doing this brings light to the situation because you can't change what you can't see.
Once acknowledged, you can accept the situation and deal with it moving forward.
Sure, have a pity party for a day or two. But any longer than that and you're wasting time.
Once the setback is acknowledged, move on to step two.
2 - Solution
What's the solution to the setback?
Nine times out of ten when it comes to weight loss, you'll know the solution.
If you overate at on the weekend?
The solution is to keep a food diary for a few days to keep you accountable and get back into your normal routine.
If you're dealing with an injury setback?
The solution is to rest, recover and rehab accordingly. Yes this means doing the exercises your physio gave you.
But if you have no idea what the solution is because you're stuck, confused and it's all too much?
Move to step 3...
3 - Seek help
Don't be afraid to seek help and solve the problem.
It's a great thing to ask for help.
Maybe you need professional help?
A coach, mentor or physio to guide you through?
Or maybe you need to be kept accountable.
The point is, setbacks hurt and can derail hard earned progress if you're not careful.
Seek help from the right person to help you overcome those setbacks and I guarantee you will look back in the future and wonder what you were worried about in the first place.
I’m not saying dealing with a setback is easy.
Because it’s not.
But you can definitely find a success in a setback.
If your weight went up on the scales?
Now you have an opportunity to find out why.
If you hurt your back because of Emily’s tantrum?
Now you have an opportunity to learn a new exercise to strengthen your core.
If you couldn’t make the gym for your workout?
Now you have the opportunity to find a way to move at home.
At the end of the day, you can’t control what happens TO you, but you can certainly control how YOU respond.
Ultimately, we’re all going through the same battles together.
We’re all struggling in some way shape or form.
We’re all aiming for success in one way or another.
We’re all dealing with our own setbacks, so to speak.
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