When people let us down, it is disappointing.
And there are no shortages of disappointments to go around.
A cancelled appointment, a missed dinner date, a worker who fails to live up to a promise, a friend who blows you off and thinks nothing of it.
That’s why to overcome disappointment caused by others that can sometimes be hurtful, there is a 3-step approach that is worth pursing.
- Ask yourself, if the person who is disappointing you is as upset by it as you are. If not, start getting over it immediately.
- If a pattern of disappointment becomes evident, invest more of your emotional time in people who do not disappoint.
- Protect boundaries that prevent others from upsetting your world whether it is intentional or circumstantial.
If you are the person disappointing yourself, identify this as destructive behavior and start treating yourself as the fine person you are.
There is power in being able to do and be more than others expect from you. It feels great and makes those around you feel great.
At the same time, ratchet down impossible expectations from those around you.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed” — Alexander Pope
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