Setbacks : Breakthroughs











This week, just when I thought certain less-than-enchanting behavior patterns of my past were dead and buried, I reverted to some old actions and reactions. As if the data comprising the new me had not been saved properly, I defaulted back to an earlier version. Setbacks that felt out of my hands, beyond my control.

When I looked up setback – my hot and heavy love affair with words often sends me to my thesaurus – I noticed the antonym listed was breakthrough.

Hmmm…even my thesaurus has become a self-empowerment tool!

So if all roads point to regression being a necessary step on the path of discovery and development, I wonder why – after 47 years on this planet – the proverbial two steps forward, one step back still lands as a devastating sucker punch instead of what it really, truly is: yet another glorious sensation-filled opportunity for course correction.

Now, I need to interrupt myself for a minute – in addition to the setbacks this week, I also had a few massive breakthroughs! Why didn’t I lead with that? Especially when the breakthroughs actually outweigh the setbacks! Funny enough, each has its own batch of bruises some emotional…and some scrapes and scuffs from nailing a couple cool mountain bike stunts!

Why does deflation seem to be more effortlessly sustained than elation?
Or better yet, why do I allow it to be this way?

This week I’m committed to revamping my outlook and inviting to rapture reign…are you with me?


  1. Tshepang on August 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Rallying behind you all the way. You help me understand myself better . You are a class of your own Nancy

  2. stefanie miller on August 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I reverted back to old behaviors this week and I am just sad about it. My same old reactions come calling me back and I lose control. I give in to those triggers and there I am-a child again demanding attention. I need to tell that little girl inside me that she is lovable and worth the attention but I can’t force it. It’s all about timing in life and the affirmations will come but maybe not right when I need them.

  3. Christina Bjorndal on September 15, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Thank you for your post – I too love my thesaurus! This quote helped me get through today “Don’t drive your life looking through the rear view mirror” 🙂

  4. Michelle on October 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I loved every moment of the Writer’s Workshop … after we found a clean hotel:-) Thank you for your help with that! I am determined to bring my book to the light, but understand I have a lot of work to do! It was an awesome weekend!! Have a blessed day!!