How To View Your Setback as an Opportunity


Recently I was sidelined from my running routine. A freakish pain happened in my big toe during a Saturday training run that forced me to walk the last mile of the run and led to a couple of weeks on the sidelines, walking and riding my trainer.  

Should’ve been no big deal. Thankful nothing like a stress fracture. A week or two of not running. How bad can that be? Well, ask any “runner”, and any day you’re told you CAN’T run is a bad day. And for someone who has struggled with tying her self-worth to how much she’s running and working out, this is very difficult.  I mean, first question people always ask me when they see me is “You run this morning?”  Or when I see family it’s, “You still running?  What big race do you have coming up?”  My identity is tied to my running.  

And so back to what do you do when you have a setback or encounter a roadblock? The first thing is we quickly revert to old thoughts and habits. At least I know I do. In this case, I was finding myself gravitating towards new weight loss schemes and quick fixes. I was fighting the urge to compare and let negative self-talk enter my mind.

BUT, I had to recognize what was going on. When I start down that path that only leads to destruction of all that God has done in my life, I pause, and remember I’m supposed to turn north! I had to be thankful for what I had.  I had to be thankful that I could still move everyday. I was able to lift some heavy weight and I tore it up on my trainer doing intervals.  I walked.  I surrounded myself with a community of women for 40 Days of Faith and Fitness.

In the end, maybe this wasn’t a setback or a roadblock. Maybe this was an opportunity to live out my verse of the year “throw off everything that hinders and run…” I had some time to take inventory and identify some of the hindrances I need to get rid of to run the race.


Do you feel like you’re facing a setback or a roadblock today?  May I suggest that it could be an opportunity?  

  • Is there a lesson to be learned?  
    • For me, I still need to learn that my identity and my worth has nothing to do with what my physical body does or how it looks.  
  • Do you need to make a change in your life?
    • I’m learning more and more about exercise and its affects on me as a “40-something”.  This gave me some time to explore some different ways to exercise.  
  • Do your priorities need to be adjusted?
    • In times like these, I’m reminded how “things”, whether they are activities or possessions, to do lists or relationships, they can become idols in my life that takes my focus off of the One who matters most.


Tell me about a time you’ve had a setback that proved to be an opportunity.

When it comes to sports, do you prefer to be on the sidelines cheering or would you rather be out there playing?

13 thoughts on “How To View Your Setback as an Opportunity

  1. You have a great outlook on life! I really like to think of the negative experiences as learning opportunities too, because at least that way, there’s something to take away from it! I twisted my ankle and fell down the stairs 2 weeks ago, so I had to take a break-ish (or just not go as hard) on my workouts, which was a bummer, but on the plus side, I got to spend more time with friends and family!

    I’d rather be out playing, although it really depends on the sport, haha.


    • Thanks for stopping by Farrah! I hope your ankle is getting better. I’m with you on the sport….depends on what it is. Being a runner, it’s hard to volunteer at an event. I want to be out there. But football, I love just cheering on my Colts! lol!

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  2. Looooove this! I’m currently injury AGAIN – I got injured in October, recovered for a bit, and then re-injured myself again. This is such a good way to think about my injury and re-injury! I find that just like you, I am so tied up in my identity as a runner that it really brings me down when I can’t do it. I really needed to read this today and realize that this might be an opportunity instead of a tough time! Thanks!

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  3. I’m going through yoga teacher training and we were just talking about this on Sun. It’s not always easy to do but so true. Start with is there a lesson to be learned.


  4. My running setbacks are not fun but they do remind me to train in other ways – strength train, yoga, cross training, etc. Running is what I love but I should make a better effort to incorporate more variety into my training all the time not just when I’m injured.


  5. I often find I need to readjust my priorities, that is a big focus for me! Every moment is a learning moment- I hope you are back to doing what you love!

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