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Dealing with setbacks is a part of life, however, no one is ever immune to it. No matter how many times we go through difficulties and eventually overcome them, they can still get to us sometimes. When morale is down and emotions are high after experiencing multiple failures and disappointments, You might find it hard to survive, recover and learn important lessons during the really tough times.

 

Take note of these tips to help you bounce back from any setback:

 

Crisis management

 

A Crisis can be anything such as having negative feelings, disasters via natural causes, health issues, family problems, professional and personal matters, so on and so forth. It could be hard to think straight under extreme circumstances. What do we do to fearlessly conquer any crisis? Devise a plan! There are a lot of proactive steps you can take whenever things get awry. Read the blog post Be Prepared For Anything for more insightful advice.

Find out the cause of the setback

 

It’s better to find the cause of the setback during the early stages rather than waiting until it has grown and escalated. Look for the early warning signs then nip it in the bud before things get out of hand.

 

Don’t be afraid to try again

 

You were confident that you were making so much progress but something happened and you seem to have come up against a brick wall. You get angry and frustrated and resort to band-aid solutions. Sure it can get you far, but not enough to get out of the sticky situation. When you’ve reached the point where you realise that there is nothing much you can do about it, consider starting from square one. Make adjustments to your strategy if you have to. The lessons you’ve learned from your previous experience will help you perform much better the next time around.

 


“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”




― Gever Tulley

 




“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”




― Ralph Marston

 




“I think that life is difficult. People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don't always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude.”




― Jennifer Hyman

 




“Striving for success is healthy - but believing you need to succeed the first time around may backfire. Mentally strong people believe failure is part of the process toward a long journey to success. By viewing failure as a temporary setback, they're able to bounce back and move forward with ease.”




― Amy Morin

 




“Every setback means you're one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass.”




― Joel Osteen

 

 

 


 

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What do expectations mean to you? If you refer to a dictionary, expectation is a noun that means “a strong belief about what might happen in the future or thinking that something should be a certain way”. Expectations are created based on an individual’s perspectives and standards and oftentimes, they are just merely predictions or conjectures derived from incomplete information. In reality, we all see things differently; however, failure to see things from someone else’s perspective has proven to be very problematic and may even cause people to be estranged from others more than ever, especially from the ones that they care about.

If only expectations were properly managed, then it would be a lot easier to navigate through day to day life without the dramas. So what do we do in order to manage or align our expectations towards ourselves and other people? First of all, it's important for us to understand that expectations are not goals.

Do not mistake expectations for goals

Setting goals and implementing them help us improve ourselves over time, however, when they’re already becoming rigid and inflexible, it’s a sign that they are turning into expectations. In order for us to reach our peak performance, we need to focus more on goals and make sure to never ever let them slide over into expectations. There’s a great value in setting goals that are based on principles, and aiming to achieve them by exerting our best effort while being challenged but not pressured and frustrated.

 


“Building up expectations, creating unrealistic time frames, feeling like our end goal is the end all, be all can all lead to frustration or anxiety. We end up feeling as though we have to power through what we want rather than enjoying the process and just let the results come as it may.”




― Gretchen Bleiler

 

 

 

Constantly perform reality checks

 

We have our own vision of an ideal world. We dream about stability, equality, justice, and absolute freedom. We want to be in a safe and nurturing environment where we can develop our core skills and gain knowledge to enrich and make our lives more meaningful. But amidst all the wishful thinking, we must also perform check ups constantly to see if our grasp of reality is still healthy and intact or if we already lost touch of what’s real and what’s not. This method will also help us stay focused on more important things, rather than getting caught up in trying to perfect something that’s already good enough.

 


“When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”




― Stephen Hawking

 




“There's strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.”




― Stephen Covey

 



Communication is Key


When there is a lack of communication, a lot of things can go wrong. As much as possible, try to overcome communication barriers. Never make assumptions! Context is definitely important when it comes to communication. So always put context into consideration to prevent the potential pitfalls in professional and personal life and everything else in between.

Intuition may also induce expectations

 

The human brain is wired in a particular way. Based on the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, we process information in two different modes. The first mode is intuitive, unconscious, automatic and emotional. The second mode is slow, rational, conscious, reflective, reasoning and deliberate. Let’s look into the intuitive mode. Using our intuition or gut feeling can be advantageous. Albert Einstein even quoted that “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift”, however, your intuitive and judging functions also have the tendency to get out of hand. When this happens, your mind could become clouded by unrealistic expectations. To prevent this from happening, you need to be able to fine-tune your intuition and not be misled by it. This can be done through observation and lessons learned from various life experiences for you to gain the knowledge and wisdom that can help you plow through life with less heartache and disappointment.


“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”



― Brandon Sanderson

 

 

 


 

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Those who strive for perfection are leaders and high achievers, but when they push themselves too much, they tend to get into extremely toxic situations. Working hard to achieve something is great, however, when the frustration level is sky high and there is already chronic dissatisfaction and unhappiness in life, we need to start reaching for the pause button, clear the mind and self-reflect.

 

Overthinking, fear of failure and excessive worrying are very common in perfectionists. Negative thoughts and behaviours affect the quality of life. More damage is done when they get stuck in analysis paralysis, therefore, decision-making is stalled and no action is done. 

 

Everyone commits mistakes. Problems and unexpected challenges come. The best way to handle them is not to run away and hide but to tackle them head-on. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen when you do something, think about things that can actually go wrong when you don’t do anything at all. Or, better yet, get over your fears, and think about what can go right in any given situation. Take control and take action!

 


“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. 

If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”




― Arthur Somers Roche

 




“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”




― Winston Churchill

 




“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”




― George Bernard Shaw

 




“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”



― Elbert Hubbard

 




“The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”




― Dale Carnegie

 




 

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Athletes train every day to improve their skills in order to achieve victory in a particular sports competition. And if they are amateur athletes, they need to work even harder and be more disciplined in their training. Optimised training methods are incorporated in their routine to reach the gold standard. Practice is a very important element for athletes to develop well over time. When this is done consistently on a daily basis, they will surely reap the rewards in the end.

 

The goal to reach peak performance is not only applicable to professional athletes. Perhaps you have also experienced that you performed to the best of your ability just like athletes do. Try to recall those special moments when you have achieved above and beyond what is expected of you, and that you constantly excel in everything you do. These are the moments that you have to value and pay close attention to because that should serve as your starting point.

 

Establish the framework that would empower you to always perform at your peak, up to a certain degree that you feel your life routine is already centered on it. It’s definitely the kind of culture that we all need to develop to attain a better quality of personal and work life.

 


“Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”




― Ralph Marston



Be more focused and learn how to create your flow.

 

Flow comes in different stages depending on an individual’s characteristics and skill level. When you find your flow, do your best not to break it so as you continue to improve your skills, you are then also able to take on more difficult challenges in the long run. When you reach higher levels, you do not only enhance your skills, but you become more patient and resilient at the same time.

 


“What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that's what we're going to focus on.”




― Bill Belichick

 


Be more open to learning new things.

 

When you have the motivation and determination to learn, it will be easier for you to absorb new information. You will be more aware and engaged than you have ever been! Aside from learning the proper knowledge and hard skills necessary to reach new levels, it’s also important for us to develop Emotional Intelligence. Like many other things, EQ can be learned as well. Emotions are a very critical aspect of your journey to making better decisions and to be more efficient and effective in any circumstance. The use of emotions is actually the cornerstone of peak performance.

 


"The More You Know, the More You Can Grow.”




― Martin Hilbert

 

 


 

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A lot of people are victims of toxic situations. In fact, we are all surrounded by a lot of negative energies and emotions that drain us until we do not have the willpower left to face them. They paralyse us and undermine our capacity to function well and prevent us from reaching our full potential.

The sad truth is, no one is exempted from dysfunctional environments. We are all eventually bound to experience this at some point. It doesn’t matter what your current status is in life is at the moment, you can still fall into the sinkhole of unfavourable circumstances. But whatever these circumstances are, the great news is that every problem has a solution, even if it’s not exactly the kind of outcome you hoped for.

Toxic emotions and experiences from our past can sabotage us or keep us stuck with the same old thoughts, patterns, and regrets.




― Debbie Ford



If you are in a toxic environment, you will waste away.




― Richie Norton

 


The worst scenarios can absolutely destroy confidence and self-esteem so if you feel that you’re moving towards a life of utter distress or have been stuck deep into this slippery slope territory and would like to completely walk out of it and start a cleanse, you need to make a firm decision that you are going to follow through and never look back.

 

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt, and depression, it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have the wrong thinking because of wrong believing.




― Joseph Prince



My encouragement: delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity.

Because that's where genius lives.




― Robin Sharma



It would be very hard to progress in life if you constantly feel broken. Allow yourself to heal and keep your peace. Also, bear in mind that recovery never happens overnight; it should be an ongoing process. Everyone’s recovery journey is very personal and unique so you need to peel off the layers of yourself to get in touch with your innermost beliefs and convictions.



Once you're in a position where you can choose to not be around toxic environments, just do that as much as you can.




― Frankie Cosmos



Starting today when you begin to see signs that things are becoming toxic, do something about it right away. Life is too short so be happy and live your life to the fullest!



Helpful articles:

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Learn How to Manage Stress

 

Shift Your Paradigm and Unlock Opportunities


 

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