The Purpose Of Your Setback

by Paul Castain on May 7, 2013

I’m sure you all heard the one about how important our attitude is when it comes to setbacks?

More specifically . . . How you and I choose to look at and define our circumstances can profoundly influence the outcome.

I guess that means we’re not allowed to engage in any of that “Why me?” self talk, huh? 🙂

Here’s a different way of looking at it and I must admit that it was inspired by a really cool book called “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

What if we were to look at our setbacks, not as setbacks but as tests to see . . .

How well we have mastered the lessons needed to get us to where we want to go in life?

What if the very thing we call a “setback” was actually an opportunity to reveal the additional things we need to learn to expedite our journey.

We humans are a funny group of people . . .

We typically won’t open our eyes and look inward when things are going according to plan.

They say that when the student is ready the teacher appears.

Your “teacher” might just be the lesson you had missed, that was right there all along but . . .

Things were going too well for you to notice it.

Today you are cordially invited to redefine your “setback”

Embrace your “teacher” and . . .

Take possession of the lesson that will move you a step closer to the success you thought . . .

Was slipping away from you!


  • Needed this one today! Thanks and a great way to think about and look at what some may consider a bad situation.

  • Thank you Ashley!

    Wishing you an awesome Tuesday!

  • Margaret Harmon

    Love this Paul. This is one of the reasons I recommend you to my network and clients. Thanks. Have a great day.

  • Thank you Margaret!

  • Hey Paul.

    Another chain of pearls form you Sir!!! The universe, with enough focus with give you anything you truly focus on. Problem is the universe does not know the difference between positive and negative all it knows that it wants to give you what you focus on. Why would you focus on the negative!



  • I agree Larry!

    Sounds like you might have watched The Secret?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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