Disappointment need not end your dreams – 5 ways to keep going!

Disappointment need not end your dreams – 5 ways to keep going!

Things go wrong in life and disappointment is inevitable. 

But that doesn't mean we can't keep going; working towards success and happiness; striving for that which we believe in. 

Happy people experience just as many setbacks as unhappy people but…they don't let these obstacles stop them. They might need to pause or change directions or learn something; but they keep going and strive to find ways to continue towards happiness and their goals. 

This great article by Cylon George from Pick The Brain provides 5 great ways to survive disappointment and keep moving towards happiness…

You’ve experienced it before.

Dashed hopes. Disappointing results. Heartbreak. All in the pursuit of a dream.

As human beings, we all know what disappointment feels like. But while some accept defeat and give up on their goals and dreams, others use their disappointment to create new paths to achieve their goals – and they often succeed beyond their wildest expectations.

So what sets them apart from the average person? They’ve found effective ways to deal with their disappointment, and so can you by doing the following five things:

1. Write down your goals

Most of us struggle to get clear on our goals. We’re content to let our deepest desires exist in vague form. We fail to make them specific, write them down, and give them a timeline.

But people who survive disappointment do so with the help of their clearly written goals. They know that clear goals provide a path to achieving their dreams. Creating this roadmap ahead of time allows them to get back on track when they lose their way or get discouraged because of disappointment.

Want to create your own roadmap? Take a moment to flesh out that vague idea that’s been rattling around your brain. Write it down. Create an action plan. Don’t be afraid if it looks too big or unrealistic. A goal that is written and concrete can be adjusted over time while vague ideas disappear at the first sign of trouble.

Having clear goals will remind you that momentary setbacks are just steps along the way to achieving those goals. They’ll help you focus so you can keep your eye on the prize.

2. Let disappointment be your teacher

In the midst of a painful experience, you’ll naturally tend to resist the idea that you can learn a valuable lesson or two from it.

But successful people probe the wreckage of defeat to find those valuable lessons. They write them down. They study them carefully and commit them to memory so they can use their knowledge to succeed in their next effort. The people who pay attention to these lessons gain wisdom over time.

The next time you are disappointed, commit to writing down three things the experience taught you. Approach the experience with the attitude of an eager student…

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