From Setback to Slingshot

Thanks to Awais Jamil for sharing their work on Unsplash.

If you’ve ever built a model catapult or trebuchet for one of your kid’s school projects, you understand the principle of pulling a large object backwards in order to fling it forwards.  Pitchers do it all the time.  The wind-up precedes the throw.  So it is in life.  We get hit with setbacks, problems, unexpected challenges that put us back on our heels emotionally, financially, relationally, sometimes physically.

What do you do?

The wise person looks for ways to convert the negative energy of the current crisis into the positive momentum that will hurl them forward.

OK, give yourself a few minutes to commiserate over your setback.  Whine, fuss, complain – but only for a moment.  Don’t stay there.  Instead, look for the opportunity to advance, to learn, to grow, to slingshot your circumstances forward.  Bad things happen to good people…no wait, bad things happen to ALL people.  It’s inescapable.  But what makes the difference between being a casualty or a conqueror is often the outlook, the perspective you choose to embrace.  That’s right.  Your attitude and outlook is a choice.  You have the power within you to change your perspective.

Our nation is reeling from the one-two punch of a pandemic and racial unrest.  You may be facing a financial crisis, a health crisis or something else. Allow me to be the cheerleader in your corner that whispers “You can do this!  You were made for this moment.  Your hour of greatness, of discovery of revelation and success is upon you.”

I was speaking with a friend yesterday who was telling me of his need to make more money.  He has a great and satisfying job – one that’s quite comfortable.  But his circumstances are now compelling him to launch a new business.  He shared the idea with me.  As he was talking, I was smiling on the inside.  Why?  Because I could see his future perhaps even before he could.  I could see my friend helping more people, earning more income and enjoying more personal fulfillment that his comfortable job affords him.  He is needing to take a step back in order to experience the slingshot momentum of his future success.

So how about you?  What setback are you facing that can be the catalyst to move you into your desired destiny?  Change your mind.  Change your thinking.  Change your words.  Change your actions.  Change your results!If you’ve ever built a model catapult or trebuchet for one of your kid’s school projects, you understand the principle of pulling a large object backwards in order to fling it forwards.  Pitchers do it all the time.  The wind-up precedes the throw.  So it is in life.  We get hit with setbacks, problems, unexpected challenges that put us back on our heels emotionally, financially, relationally, sometimes physically.

What do you do?

The wise person looks for ways to convert the negative energy of the current crisis into the positive momentum that will hurl them forward.

OK, give yourself a few minutes to commiserate over your setback.  Whine, fuss, complain – but only for a moment.  Don’t stay there.  Instead, look for the opportunity to advance, to learn, to grow, to slingshot your circumstances forward.  Bad things happen to good people…no wait, bad things happen to ALL people.  It’s inescapable.  But what makes the difference between being a casualty or a conqueror is often the outlook, the perspective you choose to embrace.  That’s right.  Your attitude and outlook is a choice.  You have the power within you to change your perspective.

Our nation is reeling from the one-two punch of a pandemic and racial unrest.  You may be facing a financial crisis, a health crisis or something else. Allow me to be the cheerleader in your corner that whispers “You can do this!  You were made for this moment.  Your hour of greatness, of discovery of revelation and success is upon you.”

I was speaking with a friend yesterday who was telling me of his need to make more money.  He has a great and satisfying job – one that’s quite comfortable.  But his circumstances are now compelling him to launch a new business.  He shared the idea with me.  As he was talking, I was smiling on the inside.  Why?  Because I could see his future perhaps even before he could.  I could see my friend helping more people, earning more income and enjoying more personal fulfillment that his comfortable job affords him.  He is needing to take a step back in order to experience the slingshot momentum of his future success.

So how about you?  What setback are you facing that can be the catalyst to move you into your desired destiny?  Change your mind.  Change your thinking.  Change your words.  Change your actions.  Change your results!

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