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How to Bounce Back from Setbacks


Imagine it’s Monday morning and the weekend is officially over.  The previous work week left something to be desired and you are determined to make this week feel like a new beginning. All it takes is a positive attitude and you’ve got this. You’re ready to hit the ground running! 

Then, the unthinkable happens.  You arrive at work and your boss greets you at your desk to tell you the contract you’ve put your heart and soul into is going to be cancelled. You sit down, coffee in hand, look at your computer screen and say to yourself, “This cannot be happening. I don’t need this right now!"

Regardless of whether it hits you on a personal or professional level, we've all experienced that moment when we wonder, “What is this all for and is it really worth it?” 

Well, unfortunately that’s life!  And how resilient we are to bouncing back from stress and adversity can determine how we are viewed in our social and professional circles.  It’s easy to give up but it takes charisma, character and a healthy outlook to come out shining in the end.  Here are some tips for how to bounce back from setbacks with style and grace.

  1. Remember, what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. This isn’t just a saying… it’s truer than you think.
  2. Use your support system. Whether it’s a co-worker, friend, or family member search for that person with great insight who will help to reign you back in and lend you a fresh perspective.
  3. Get gritty! People with “grit” have a tendency to stay the course as if they were in a marathon. Stay focused and face the difficult challenges full-on.
  4. Learn from setbacks – remember, they are temporary and tomorrow is a new day.
  5. Get Physical! Exercise relieves stress, helps you think more clearly and can help you develop those aha moments!

So, the next time you’re feeling like you are at the end of your rope, remember these are the moments that will catapult you into building character, strength and determination to prepare you for the next time you are faced with a setback... YOU’VE GOT THIS! 


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