After Mike Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon in the offseason, he tweeted that ‘setbacks are opportunities for growth’. It’s never easy to experience a setback and it can be painful in the moment, but as they say, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ You can learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of when you face adversity. It can help you to develop resilience, patience, and practice gratitude. Even more, you can set an example for other people and show them who you truly are through the way that you handle something tough.
“Sometimes, people see more of your witness when you’re facing adversity than when everything is going your way. People expect you to be a good winner, but they know how agonizing it is to lose. When you are able to reflect God’s light during those times of great disappointment, it can have quite an impact. I try to keep that in mind.” – Tim Tebow
Game Plan: Although it can be difficult in the moment, ask yourself what positive things can come out of the experience. Setbacks can draw us to focus on the negative, but if you try to focus on the positive, it is a lot easier to move through the situation and get back to where you want to be.