Disappointment

Wow, have you ever been there, felt that?  Many of us face this enemy of our destiny on a variety of platforms.  The thing that we expected in the manner or way we expected, well, did not happen.  I am sure you can stop right here and begin to put your circumstance or situation into this meaning of disappointment as a personal example or testament to this feeling.  Defined, disappointment is sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.  King Solomon explained it like this, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”  Does that sound familiar?  Disappointment is something that we all experience in life.   Believe it or not, it can be a positive rather than a negative. 

Disappointment proves that you are passionate about something.  Even though your expectations missed the reality of the outcome, it shows that you were brave enough to believe and show up for something.  God invites you to participate with Him in grand opportunities to make the world a better place.  Your dreams, visions, and goals are the way you are equipped to get involved and make a difference.  However, when things do not always go the way you planned that does not mean there is no plan.  This is the time you step back and allow Him to take the lead.  He is truly working all things for your good and on your behalf.  

Disappointment can also provide an opportunity for growth.  The key here is to get back up and try again.  You can adjust your expectations and evaluate the goals that you have set.  You can tailor your decisions to avoid this particular kind of disappointment again. Listen to the voice of Holy Spirit as He directs you in the way you should go.  Maybe you are to go no where and just stand still.  He is moving even when you feel that you are not.

Experiencing disappointment has the potential to make you stronger.  It empowers you to bounce back and become more resilient.  Some benefits of facing this adversity are greater mental fortitude, increased emotional intelligence, clearer thinking, and stronger stance against negative thinking. This is the time to stand firm in your faith.  If you do not learn to do just that, you will find it difficult to stand at all.

Some ways to deal with disappoint include:

  1. Letting it out- Share it with someone you trust who will listen to you and give you another perspective.

2. Know yourself- Do not allow disappointment to derail how you view yourself.  Accept yourself.  Breathe in and breath out.  Like breath, disappointment comes and goes.

3. Don’t brood over it- The worst thing you can do is to allow resentment to settle in your heart and mind.

You do not have to react negatively to disappointment. It does not have to define your moments of challenge.  There is always a silver lining.  Experiencing it means that you are living life.  It could also mean you are right where you need to be learning what you need to learn.   Sir Winston Churchill once said,  “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Give yourself some time to come to terms with your circumstances, catch your second wind, then begin again.  Let’s keep growing and going.  It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,

Angela

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