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Dealing With Setbacks in School


By the title of this post, you would have already guessed where the “inspiration” for this blog has come from. We all would have dealt with setbacks, big or small, in our school days. These setbacks can be REALLY annoying when you would’ve put a lot of hard work into them. Here are some of the tips that I’ve found to be useful in dealing with these situations-

1) Get over it – Getting over these setbacks or failures can be one of the most effective and the most difficult things to do. You may try to distract your mind by thinking of something else or try to keep yourself occupied with other activities, but eventually, you have to face the fact that you indeed “failed”. Instead of wasting time avoiding the truth, you should move on as fast as possible and get back to work. One of the rules, if you can implement it, can be really useful is called the “24 Hour Rule”. This rule was invented by the most successful NFL coach Don Shula. Shula let his team celebrate a victory or brood over a loss for only 24 hours and the next day they had to get back to training.
2) Don’t care about what others think or say– If you know what you have to do to turn this failure into a success, then you don’t have to care about what others think. Parents and teachers can get really annoying when it comes to your academic performance, but sometimes listening and taking advice won’t harm. Also, if anyone talks down to you or suggests that you cannot come back from this failure, remember that success is the best revenge.
3) Move ahead– Now that you’ve come up with a plan , start working on it. Don’t spend time thinking about refining the plan too much, do that as you go. Also, don’t spend time thinking about what you could have done and rather take the setback as a lesson and focus on what you can do.

I hope that these tips helped and don’t worry, you’ll figure it out. 🙂

About the author
Aaryan Raina is a student at Ivy Aspire.