#007: How To Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks [Podcast]

Have you ever suffered a setback in your business, your health, your life? We all have. Why are some people crushed by setbacks – while others seem to use them as fuel for future success? And most importantly, how can you use your own setbacks to propel you to greater success?



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God has good plans for you…

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Romans 8:32

Feature Story: How To Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks

We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond – and what we believe about the setback.

Knowing how to face trials proactively is one of the top skills in internet business… and in life.

Here are 10 steps to transform setbacks into comebacks.

  1.  See it for what it is.
  2. Remember God's plan for you (Jer 29:11 and Romans 8:28)
  3. Ask good questions – questions that lead to helpful answers.
  4. Be careful what you think, see, and say.
  5. Notice what works; do more of that.
  6. Notice what doesn't work; stop doing that.
  7. Live in the now. Avoid depression and anxiety.
  8. Move your body every day.
  9. Put good fuel in the machine.
  10. Fill your eyes with solutions.

Remember that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. (Matthew 6:34)



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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • I have never met a pessimist that did not think they were a realist.
    But the truth is that all of us should be realistic, but oh how we need some optimism rooted in reality. As you say, this is not Positive Thinking. This is seeing the problem for what it is, not worse than it is. Love the thought, seeing the problem as permanent and pervasive is a real problem! 
    Real “realism” is to see things through the lens of God’s eyes. Only that way will give us true “realism” and “optimism”. Romans 8:28 If God is involved, there is always hope!

    •  @dhammett  What would it be like, if those of us who say we believe “with God, all things are possible”… Acted as if we really did believe it?

  • DavidBoggs

    Some People Are Optimist – They Say The Glass Is Half Full
    Others Are Pessimists – They Say The Glass Is Half Empty
    I’m A Realist – I Say The Glass Is Twice The Size It Needs To Be

  • dontaylor

    Ray, this podcast is SO very good – especially the feature story. It’s full of practical wisdom that can be immediately applied (no assembly required). I especially liked the H.E.L.P. concept – what comes out of our mouth is so very important!
    There is one step I might add (related to #1 but in my mind belongs just before #10):
    9a. Realize there is a difference between facts and the Truth.
    I recently had an opportunity to minister this to a friend. “Your doctor is telling you that you have inoperable prostate cancer. That’s his job,” I told Steve. “That’s a fact. But realize there is a difference between facts and the Truth.”
    “That wall over there is white. That’s a fact. The truth is that I can run over to Home Depot, and in an hour’s time that wall can be any of thousands of colors. You have cancer. That’s a fact. The truth is, you have been healed by what Jesus did on the cross. The fact is that your body is being attacked; the Truth is that God says about you that you are a victor and not a victim.”
    When I left him that day, he was talking to his 12 year old son, sharing with him all the things they were going to be doing together over the next several years. (#10).
    God is SO good. All the time. 🙂

    •  @dontaylor  Don, I’m very glad to hear you were encouraged by this post. And your observations are spot on. And yes, he is indeed good… All the time.

  • Kirk Bowman

    Ray, this episode really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on overcoming adversity. BTW, at the start of the show you mention this is a “spiritual” episode. Have you considered creating a blog post with links to your more spiritual episodes? I think it would be a great resource to the listener who is seeking this message.

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