Have you ever been disappointed in yourself? Many of us have said something or done something that we later regret. Most of the time we can experience the embarrassment and go on with our lives. Sometimes we do things that we think are beyond forgetting and we go on everyday experiencing the pain of disappointing ourselves and those around us.
Disappointment is a way of life for everyone. It is also a great teacher, if we are smart enough to recognize the lesson. The problem is we aren’t always that smart. Many of us must learn the hard way – saying and doing the same things over and over again. This only increases the pain of disappointment and the repetition simply confirms to your sub-conscious that you incapable of improving your behavior or your performance.
The next time you feel like you have disappointed yourself or someone else, take some time to review the facts of what caused this feeling. There is a chance that it is only a feeling and not a fact. Review the facts surrounding the issue and try to determine what caused you say or do something that you now regret. Many times it just comes down to controlling our emotions. If that is causing you a lot of problems – you now know what to work on in order to prevent this feeling in the future.
- Joe Freeman
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
– Sidney J. Harris
No man with a man's heart in him, gets far on his way without some bitter, soul searching disappointment.
The greatness comes not when things go always good for you.
But the greatness comes when you're really tested,
when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes.
Because only if you've been in the deepest valley
can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
– Richard Nixon
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