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Bouncing Back After a Setback: Anything But Failure!

February 8, 2024
Bouncing Back After a Setback: Anything But Failure!

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Have you ever fallen short on something? It could be that you did not hit a weight loss goal, you missed a deadline at work, you promised your kids that you would bake cookies and you ended up buying them boxed cookies, or you wanted to hike the entire trail and gave up before hitting the first marker. 

These things happen to everyone, but there are ways to handle setbacks. How you react to them and what you do next can determine your progress in the future, maybe to hit those goals!


It can be frustrating to fall short when there is something you could have done to prevent the setback. For example, shopping the day before could have permitted the purchase of ingredients for your kids’ home-baked cookies, and training more could have enabled easier completion of the hike.

Despite temptation, there is no purpose in getting mad at yourself when you realize that something went wrong. Instead, it is more productive to look at what happened, recognize anything you could have done differently to get a better outcome, and make peace with yourself. That way, you can trust yourself going forward.

...But Don’t Forget

“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” Your personal shortfall may not be as monumental as, say, the fall of the Roman Empire, but still, why repeat a mistake unnecessarily? Benefits of analyzing and remembering setbacks can include:

  • Feeling motivated not to repeat them.
  • Figuring out why they happened and what you can do better next time.
  • Realize that since you can survive a failure, it is okay to reach further and take a chance.

Make It Actionable

Once you know what happened and are ready to do better next time, how can you take action? In general, being positive, recognizing what worked and what didn’t, and working with what you can do will help you make progress next time.

These are some examples.

Table Example
If you... You could...
Wanted to run a mile but couldn’t... Work with what you have and alternate jogging and walking.
Missed a deadline at work... Set extra reminders on your phone to make sure you hit milestones.
Tried to choose fruit instead of dessert for a week but ate more desserts than fruit... Have ¼ of a dessert plus a piece of fruit each day.
Wanted to pack healthy lunches for your children but sent packaged lunch kits with pepperoni pizza and cookies... Send cheese pizza kits without cookies, plus an apple or orange.
Did not hit your weight loss goal... Log each meal and snack in Lark to be sure you are eating what you think you are.
Skipped a workout or a few... Aim for half what you had originally planned because something is better than nothing.

Nobody is perfect, and those imperfections can be valuable as lessons and motivation. When mistakes happen, or goals stay unmet for the time being, there is no need to feel defeated. Instead, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and charging forward can get you where you want to be in health and life.

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