As I've been thinking this month on everything and everyone I am thankful for, I realized that one of the things I am thankful for are setbacks. We see setbacks as failures, but I'm seeing them as teachers....and a chance to start again. I had the visual of the little Matchbox type race cars....the ones that you quickly pushed backwards several times to get the car wound up. You would then let it go and the car would take off. I think that's what happens to us. We have to get pushed backwards to get us wound up again to move forward!
Almost a year ago, I had my own setback. I was losing my passion for personal training. I was at a dead end in a job that wouldn't allow me to move forward and was doing nothing to help me to regain that passion. My desire to move forward out of that situation, as well as people who only wanted to keep me from moving up, resulted in termination. Now we would all see that as a serious setback. I did....it was right before Christmas, I was out of a job, I had never been terminated from a job in my life, I didn't know what I was going to do.
Now I see that was the best thing that could have ever happened to me! It lead me to take action, to start my own business, and to begin to inspire people again to be healthy. If that didn't happen, so many of the wonderful people and clients that I have now wouldn't be in my life. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. If we wait and trust, we will often see a positive outcome from each situation. That's often our problem, we don't want to wait. We want to take control NOW!
Be patient with yourself, and most of all be thankful. We can all think of so many that have less than we have. Not just money, but not having your health or worse....your life! Count your blessings every day, not just during the holiday season. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!