Don’t Despair – Prepare for Setbacks!


MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

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 My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)



Today I’d like to focus our thoughts on COURAGE.

Whenever I think about this word I think of it in the context of bravery. The hero who battles all odds in order to win his girl, conquer his enemy, or face his fears. I think of men like Hercules or Kunta Kinte, in Roots.

So I was surprised when I consulted my dictionary to learn of another meaning:

cheerfulness or resolution in coping with setbacks (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary).

As purpose-driven believers, we need to develop both a courageous spirit and a joyful attitude that enables us to get up when we are knocked down, or to press on despite discouragement.

With the above definition in mind, here are a few quotes on which to meditate. Since setbacks are an inevitable part of life, it makes sense to have a strategy for dealing with them. Hopefully, the next time we cross paths with adversity, disappointment or seemingly unsurmountable obstacles, we’ll be better prepared to cope with them.


Turn Your Setbacks into Stepping Stones!


All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale


Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart,

All you who hope in the Lord.

(Psalm 31:24 NKJV)


Live the Life of Your Dreams

When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Roy T. Bennett


Sorrow and strife comes to all persons. Mature people expect hardships and setbacks and patiently and determinedly work to accomplish their goals. Immature people lash out in anger and frustration when circumstances conspire to blunt their short-term objectives.

Kilroy J. Oldster


You know, everybody has setbacks in their life, and everybody falls short of whatever goals they might set for themselves. That’s part of living and coming to terms with who you are as a person.

Hillary Clinton

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

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How do you normally deal with setbacks? Has this post challenged you to think and behave differently? Please share your response in the comment box below.  I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂


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My Thinking Corner…

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge. The idea is to encourage others by sharing snippets of positive thoughts. For further details check out Jacqueline’s blog.

If you’d like to join in don’t hesitate to visit Jacqueline’s “Thinking Corner” (see side bar section under Inspiration-Motivation) at:

Why not take a leaf out of Jacqueline’s book and spend a little time detoxifying your mind?

Be good to yourself! Instead of worrying – spend a few moments meditating (i.e. filling your mind with precious nuggets of life-enhancing thoughts).

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This week my three snippets focus on FRIENDSHIP.


  • It’s been said that “Friends are a gift from God”. Are you a gift to someone? A gift delights, surprises, brings pleasure. A gift is something given. Therefore, give of yourself—your time, your encouragement, your love and support.


  • A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17) – so don’t be a “fair-weather” friend!


  • Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold (source unknown).


Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden