In the last few months, I’ve experienced a series of disappointments. The context of these disappointments is not important but how I have felt about it emotionally and the impact on my confidence has given me pause.There seems to be times when it is hard to move forward from a disappointment. Maybe I had too much at stake in the outcome. Maybe I felt I should have had more ability to influence the result. In any case, I’ve felt a bit beat up in the process.

When I have had disappointments, I have to remember a couple of key points.

The first point is that if I was not living my life to the fullest and trying new things, I may not have the opportunity to be disappointed. I would also not have the opportunity to be pleasantly surprised or feel a sense of achievement. It is a two sided coin when you toss it up, so you really can’t have one without the other.

The second point is that I am reminded that when I suffer a set back or a disappointment, I need to disconnect with the outcome. If I do my best work before I send it out into the world, I need to let go. I can not control how others will view or see my work. It doesn’t mean I should stop doing the work even if one or two projects fail to launch as I expect.

The final point I’ll make is that if I have faith in the concept that everything happens for a reason, then I need to decide if this disappointment is a signal that I have life lesson to learn. Alternatively, maybe I need to accept that something much better is waiting in the future. I can’t predict the future so a bit of acceptance (or resignation perhaps) is needed in order to move onto the next project.

Although disappointment is hard to swallow, it does mean that I am not content with the status quo. I’m going to keep working hard to succeed knowing that it may mean more disappointment. Is that what it means to be resilient?

Cheers, Catherine


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