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Mistakes and setbacks happen in everyone’s life. I've had plenty. Obstacles are inevitable in pursuit of goals. But instead of harboring negative feelings when it comes to letdowns, frustrations, and disappointments, I use them to my advantage.

They're my stepping stones to success.

Here's my POV:

Negative outcomes are learning opportunities. I learn from each imperfect result and develop a more effective approach for the next time. The pain I endure won't be for nothing!

I know with each setback that I'm getting closer to my dream. In fact, the faster I make mistakes, the sooner I become successful!

Avoiding mistakes is a sure way to avoid success.

I'm confident in myself and my abilities. A few mistakes here and there are to be expected. I always have faith in my ability to be successful so I'm comfortable making them. And I keep in mind that they're always temporary.

When I'm feeling discouraged, I remember that success has an unexpected path. There are always a few surprises along the way. I remember that each journey to success helps me to grow as a person.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What is the greatest obstacle I have overcome so far in my life?

  2. What obstacles am I currently dealing with? What can I do to overcome them?

  3. How have I grown from past mistakes and setbacks?

Until next time,


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Wanauma Graham is a creative and lifestyle entrepreneur, author of "Totally Unstoppable", and creator of She's dedicated to helping women work through fear and do something they’ve been inspired to do.