Geoff's Blog: Stay the Course
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Disappointment is a funny thing. It happens to all of us on many levels in life. Depending on your attitude, disappointment can either be a positive or a negative. You might be wondering: How can a positive come out of disappointment? Easy. It's God's way of molding and shaping you into the person you can be. Who likes disappointment?
That being said, you have to sit back and look at why it happened. Believe it or not, you have no control in many cases in your life. Disappointment can make you a stronger or weaker person. Do you give up? Do you blame and whine and complain because it didn't come your way? Most of you would probably go that route because our human DNA is wired that way. Negativity, which comes in the form of disappointment, affects the soul in a more severe way than a positive situation.
Let me give you an example: You're in for a job promotion. You get the promotion. You are happy and you go out and celebrate your victory. Then it's back to work because you have a job to do. Maybe you treat yourself to something nice. You keep moving forward.
Now let's take that in reverse. You get screwed. Royally screwed. How long will that disappointment affect your life? For many of you, way more than if you got promoted. You kick yourself, the worker who beat you out, your boss, and anyone who may get in your way. Disappointment is a form of loss.
Winning, my friends, is easy. Losing sucks, but it tests the soul. Even though you know you're being tested, you have to have faith and not give up. That's the secret. Mourn your loss for 24-48 hours. You have that right. Then get back out there and kick some ass.
We all fall on the sword from time to time. It doesn't matter who you are, what you are, or what you have. Disappointment comes in many forms. Job loss or promotion, relationships, the loss of not getting something you went after.
And if you have kids out there, you set the example of how to act if you face disappointment. You either teach your kids to stay the course or give up. I pick the first option.
What do you think is the best way to deal with disappointment? Contact me to tell me about it.
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