Inspiration in the Wake of Setbacks

Fight on my men, Sir Andrew says,
A little I'm hurt, but yet not slain;
I'll but lie down and bleed awhile,
And then I'll rise and fight again.
--Excerpt from Ballad of Sir Andrew Barton (Author Unknown)

Setbacks are a part of life. 

Things seem to be going well when sometimes the wheels just come off the wagon.

A major step backwards is sometimes exactly what we need to take 5 giant leaps forward. It isn't fun to fail, because the taste is so bitter. We're inevitably left feeling that the time and effort we've spent has been somehow meaningless and wasted. In the shadow of failure, our goal seems further away than ever. Giving up is always the easier route.

Instead, accept failure as a gift to meditate on your methods and to seek alternatives. It's okay to stop and rest when feeling overwhelmed, but use that time for reflection and refocusing. Saying goodbye to old methods is difficult, but the power of change is exciting. 

In the light of day, are the changes that bad? That major? 

Detach yourself from the methods and philosophies that are holding you back and have trust that your alternatives will guide you to a better place.   

Rather than starting over, you'll be changing direction!