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The Setback Leads To The Comeback

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By Joe White

Let’s cut to the chase. The last few years have derailed a lot of life’s plans. 

We have had to take a step back from our careers, relationships, travels, and general lifestyle. And regardless of how we feel about what is coming up, we need to remember one fact. The setback leads to the comeback. 

For over 22 years since I founded Get Life Coaching, I have witnessed all sorts of remarkable comebacks. Included on that list of comebacks is me. Three years ago, through a series of life challenges, I had found myself in a seemingly impossible hole. Even my two closest friends said it was time to call it quits. That it was a nice run, but the writing was on the wall. With only $300 in my bank account and thousands of dollars in debt, I turned my desperation into inspiration. In those three years, I have gone from almost broke to tripling my revenue and thriving. 

So do you find yourself ready for your comeback? Here are seven beliefs that have served me, and may serve you. 

The past doesn’t equal the future

No matter what has happened in the past, this is a new moment with the opportunity of new life-changing decisions. 

Setbacks don’t define you

Yea, I know this is hard to believe when you are in the thick of it, but it is true. Who you are, is greater than any challenge or setback. 

There is always a way

This is one of my most favorite beliefs and it has served me well. I know there is a solution and i just can’t quit before I find it. 

You have got to have faith

Yes, a George Michael song, but whether you draw your faith from God, the Universe, or just life. It would be best if you believed that you could turn it around, even though the evidence may not be right in front of you yet. 

Never operate in FEAR

Another tough one, but fear is a choice that causes us to make poor decisions. Never make decisions that are based on fear. 

Never settle

Sometimes settling seems easier. You think it will get you out of pain. I was so close to settling, but I realized if I did, I would regret it forever. 

Ask for help

Pride is a bitter pill to swallow. We want to believe we can do it on our own. Maybe we can; perhaps we can’t. But when the walls are coming down, you have to ask yourself what is more important, your pride or your comeback. Somedays, you can’t have both. 

I am so glad; I listened to my inner voice and to the faith that told me not to settle and give up. I look back now, and I realized that very often, the worst of times brings out the very best in us. 

As Winston Churchill said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Create your comeback today. 

Until next time, Rattle The Cage

Joe White

Get Life Coaching



Joe White, President and founder of Get Life Coaching, started Delaware’s first Life Coaching practice in Delaware over 22 years ago. Joe overcame a near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction 27 years ago and changed his life forever. Today Joe specializes in working with individuals who desire deep and sustainable change in their lives. He has worked with over 1 million individuals and businesses around the world. Joe also owns the Firewalk Institute of Research and Education, which trains and certifies firewalk instructors all over the world, including such notables as Tony Robbins  and T. Harv. Ekers. 


“If you’re looking to change your life, drastically!! Joe is the man!!! GLC was what I never knew that I was always looking for!! Fate brought me to GLC and changed my life!! Joe and his team will take you to the place where you become the best version of yourself!! His coaching style is so different, he did, in weeks, what therapy couldn’t accomplish in years. His programs immerse you in personal growth. You leave looking at the world in a different way, facing fear, finding the courage you never knew you had, and creating a tribe of amazing people you’ll be bonded to forever!!!! Become the warrior you were created to be!!”  ~ Alicia Kulp Carey