What Temporary Setbacks Can Teach You

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In life, it’s not uncommon that we encounter challenges and obstacles. Which one they are is often determined by our attitude. Of course, sometimes real issues or problems such as losing a relative come along, and this transcends both of those definitions. However, for the most part, the challenges you receive in life will be helped by your ability to control them to some degree, or at least approach them with care.

In fact, temporary setbacks can sometimes be a great learning experience. They may have something quite important to teach you. Simply going in with this mindset can be restorative in the first instance, more so than you may realize. Thankfully, with a little care and attention, it is more than possible for you to apply yourself in this direction and come out the winner.

Temporary setbacks may sometimes help you learn something, bring you in a new direction, or perhaps help you avoid something that may not have been good for you from the start. We have some advice to help you tailor your action to this end:


Perseverance in the face of an issue can be an important task. You may be saving for an important reunion with your family, only to have your car break down and set back your saving schedule for another few weeks. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel of making plans. You can be sure that if you have your heart set on something, another unexpected situation will occur to test you. What matters is how you approach this situation, and if you do so with care and grace. Additionally, remaining willing to try again, to seek an alternative, or to simply express your frustration in a healthy manner can be important. For example, if you struggle to work out well in the gym this week, there’s always next week waiting for you. Every day is a new day.

Becoming Informed

It’s actually very easy and natural for us to take the path of least resistance when it comes to achieving something, in an effort to avoid expending the energy that we may need at a later date. However, when things go wrong, becoming informed about the topic can help you learn more about the path you have already chosen. For example, genetic testing for IVF patients may help catch abnormalities in the chromatic structure of the embryo, allowing a careful treatment to restore the health of said expectation. This can also awaken you to other lifestyle changes or assurances that may help you stay as informed and comforted as possible, no matter what you are pursuing. But it’s the will that comes first.


We can often feel that unless something we have our sights on is achieved, we will never have the life we want. This externalization is anything but healthy, and can actually lead us away from our goals. Gentle pursuing while lowering your expectations can help you feel surprised when things come to fruition, not because you have craved them, but because you have put the effort in.

With this advice, you’re sure to look at temporary setbacks as nothing more than simple steps on the journey.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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