Tips for Overcoming Disappointment
We have all experienced disappointment at some point in our lives. If looked at correctly, disappointment can be used as a teaching tool to bring clarity to what we truly desire.
Disappointment is the discrepancy between what we really want and how clear we are about communicating our value to the world. It is a sneaky form of self-sabotage.
When we want something so badly, we can easily get stuck in the “how” of getting what we want. We focus on how our desires will come to us, and when they don’t come in the form we expect, we experience disappointment.
Alternatively, have you thought you didn’t really want something, and then when you didn’t get it felt more disappointed than ever? It is an indication that you really wanted it more than you consciously thought.
An example would be thinking you really didn’t want that job promotion that was offered in your company and then not even being considered as a candidate. All of a sudden your thinking changes to “Why was I not even considered for the job? Doesn’t anyone see my value to the company? I can’t believe they didn’t even consider me for the position. They should know I wanted that.”
Also, you may consciously tell yourself that you don’t need the recognition from being mentioned publicly with your business. But then when no one even thinks to nominate you as a potential candidate for an award, you feel incredibly disappointed and perhaps ignored. That is where the sting comes in. It helps you to understand that you really did want the recognition, and that is perfectly okay for you to feel that way.
Disappointment can bring Clarity
Disappointment can often bring clarity to what you really wanted. Many times we tell ourselves that something doesn’t really matter to us and we say we don’t want that, such as in a promotion or publicity for your business. It makes you wonder if what you are putting out to the Universe is being received in the way you intended.
How do you know if it is something you really wanted? It is the sting that comes when you don’t get it, or don’t even get mentioned as a possible candidate. Although the feeling is no fun to sit through, it often can bring the clarity needed to allow yourself to say “Yes, I really wanted that”. The next step is to take a good hard look at what you have been putting out there to the Universe and see if your perception of yourself is the same as what others are seeing.
Communicating Your Value
Are the thoughts, words, and signals that you are sending out matching what others are hearing? You may think that people really know what you are about, but is that what is actually coming out on the surface? What do you need to do to become recognized as you want to be? Does what you say and do match how others think of you and about your work?
If you have done what you can and your efforts have still gone unnoticed, it may be time for some self-promotion. How often do you let others know about what you are currently working on or what you have accomplished? Do you just secretly hope that others will notice your efforts?
You first have to be absolutely clear about your value and what you have to offer. Then you need to communicate that clearly to others, and in some cases shout it from the rooftops. You may have to do this over and over again. If you don’t own the value of what you offer, no one else will see it either. Only after that will others see you in the same light and extend recognition and acknowledgement to you.
Letting Go of How
This is perhaps one of the toughest things to get clear on. Focusing on your intended outcome without focusing on exactly how we will receive it can be difficult. By trying to state exactly how something is to come into our lives, we cut off so many other avenues and ways that our intended result could come to us. The thing most important to understand is that in most cases, the exact manner of how is not even on our radar screen at the moment. The Universe has more than a few ways to bring you what you desire.
Tips for Overcoming Disappointment
Once you have acknowledged exactly why you were disappointed with the outcome and briefly examined any underlying reasons, it is time to move on.
Here are a few ideas to get yourself out of dwelling on the situation.
- Music – Play your favorite music loud and sing along.
- Dance – movement is one of the best ways to change your vibration.
- Exercise – Concentrate on how well you are doing the movements within your specific exercises. It helps you place your focus on something else.
- Laugh – If a friend isn’t available, find some funny cartoons or videos online and laugh your way out of the funk.
- Trust – Realize that the Universe may have had something better in mind or a better way to deliver it to you than the way you thought it needed to show up in your life.
Buckle down and get to work. Take your new found clarity and let others know your value. Decide that something is worth doing and put together a new plan with renewed vigor to get you to your goals.
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