Brilliant speaker, Billy Schwer, knows what it is like to be on the ropes in the world of boxing. The same rules apply for organisations facing setbacks

Knocked down, not out: coming back from setbacks

Jan 31, 2023

Life can be tough, and it's easy to feel like we've been knocked out for good when we face challenges and failures. But the truth is, life is a series of knockdowns, not knockouts. It’s how you come back from the setback that matters.

We will get knocked down in the process of reaching our goals, but we always have the chance to get back up, learn from our failures, rebuild and in this way, create success.

Success is not a Straight Line

It's important to remember that success is not a linear journey. Hard goals are the ones we are more likely to achieve but taking them on we risk more knockdowns. We often have to take detours, navigate roadblocks, and even start from scratch. But these knockdowns can be valuable opportunities for growth and learning. They can help us to develop resilience, grit, and a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

For example, when we experience a knockdown, such as losing a job or experiencing an illness or injury, it can be easy to feel defeated and helpless. Sometimes a knockdown forces us to stop we, makes us pause and assess the situation from a different angle. With new perspectives we can develop new strategies to come from the setback. We can ask ourselves what we can do differently next time, and how we can use this experience to come back from the setback.

With new perspectives we can develop new strategies to come back from the setback

One important lesson that we can learn from knockdowns is the importance of learning from failure. Failure is not something to be ashamed of, but rather an opportunity to strengthen existing abilities or find new ones. When we experience failure, we can take the time to reflect on what went wrong, and what we can do differently next time. We can also seek feedback from others and use this information to improve our performance, coming back from the setback more able to handle the next challenge.

Furthermore, when we experience a knockdown, we can also learn the value of rebuilding success after failure. Rebuilding success is not easy, but it is possible. It requires us to have the courage to get back up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. It also requires us to be flexible, adaptable, and willing to try new things.

Life is a series of knockdowns, not knockouts.

We will all face challenges and failures, but it's important to view these as opportunities for growth and learning. We can learn from our failures, and we can use these lessons to rebuild our success. So, the next time you face a setback or a challenge, remember that it's just a knockdown, not a knockout. Take a deep breath, refocus your energy and come back fighting like a champ.

 And if you and your team are feeling like they are on the ropes and need help to get back in the ring, contact me to find out how I can help. 


Former British, Commonwealth, European & World Boxing Champion, Billy Schwer is now a professional speaker and personal performance coach. He is committed to sharing his experience and knowledge with others to help them live a life full of passion, power and purpose.