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How to Deal with Setbacks

Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles


Above all, don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want.

A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling:

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

Move on with your life. Keep reaching for your goals and you will achieve them. One minor setback is nothing if you really want something and are willing to work for it.

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About The Author

Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.

Member Comments

  • Good morning Liz, well written information. I have found at this point in time, I am more conscientious about what I eat at each meal and snacking. Do I have the proper ingredients for protein, fats, carbs, etc. I am trying not to fly by the seat of my pants when I go out with friends. Skip the fries and replace with a salad. I am really enjoying my food groups and exercising more often. My energy level has also increased. - 1/28/2016 10:57:05 AM
    very inspirational. So glad to have found this page on how to deal with setbacks. I am finding Spark People has so many helps that I have not used before. - 11/2/2015 3:05:13 PM
  • The last sentence was a bit of an over-simplificati
    on: Wanting it badly and working very hard to achieve it are not absolutes; we humans are very complex. Up to that point, I found the article to be very encouraging. Thank you for posting it. - 10/15/2015 1:18:22 PM
  • Great article. I have been feeling pretty badly about my journey. I really needed this.


    Nola - 9/21/2015 6:56:52 PM
  • I'm too hard on myself! I've been doing SP for more than 7 years, have kept most all the weight off, am nearly 80, cook for 7 people and beat myself up when I get off track. Sometimes I am just too tired to give myself special attention.
    Thanks for this article, I needed that! - 9/10/2015 6:05:24 PM
  • Lovely article. Just what I needed to hear today. - 7/8/2015 1:00:06 PM
  • I need to refocus and think on this article. Thanks! - 5/18/2015 9:40:21 AM
    This was perfect for today. stuck at 205.8. So close to my first small goal. I'll get there.
    Thanks. - 3/7/2015 7:30:03 AM
  • Thank you! - 10/14/2014 10:57:43 AM
    You are all beautiful........
    .me let's get back on track......togeth
    er - 6/20/2014 11:14:02 PM
  • Thank you - 12/29/2013 11:18:09 AM
    thank you, I needed this today. Good timin - 9/27/2013 6:26:01 PM
    TY - 1/23/2013 10:16:49 AM
  • I personally have been going through some difficulties lately where I can't seem to get out of the darkness thats encasing me but I really enjoyed reading this article & its giving me hope that the light will shine again hopefully soon! Thank you for writing this article! - 12/10/2012 8:08:50 AM
  • Thank You! - 11/5/2012 2:03:48 PM

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