Developing career resilience
Developing career resilience

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2.1 Dealing with setbacks

Dealing with setbacks is an important part of self-efficacy, self-esteem and resilience. If you encounter a setback do you see it as a sign you weren’t meant to attempt that task anyway, or can you see it as a chance to learn and try again, maybe in a slightly different way?

Activity 3 Setbacks

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Watch the brief video ‘Personal best: setbacks’ with OU sports academic Caroline Heaney, in which athletes explore setbacks they have had in the process of achieving personal goals, and the ways in which they try to deal with them productively. Note down their tactics.

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Some of the tips are:

  • Recognise in advance that setbacks are natural and part of the process. It is rare not to encounter them!
  • Respond with a positive mindset.
  • Control the controllable, accept it might all go horribly wrong but have fall-back plans and be as well prepared as possible, which shuts down the negative thoughts.
  • To find out why, have uncomfortable conversations, and learn from the setback.
  • Be flexible in goal setting.

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