Your Success Thought for the Week of August 1, 2007

The strongest among us have experienced the greatest disappointments. True or false? We all experience disappointment. How we handle it internally (inside our head and heart) and externally (what we show to the world) speaks volumes about who we are.

We are familiar with statements that substantiate this strength from disappointment theory:

  • Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try again.
  • Failure is an option. If you are not willing to fail, you're not really trying.
  • Only the strong survive.

How does one turn disappointment into a strength-building exercise? With focus and determination.

  1. Think of a disappointment that haunts you, deep in the recesses of your mind. Then shine a light on it. Most of us have mastered the art of burying anything less-than-perfect about our experiences.
  2. Take the emotion out of it and look at the black-and-white facts. It happened, period. What core lessons did you learn about yourself? About the scenario? About others?
  3. Ask yourself "What were the red flags? What did I ignore or overlook. What was my intuition telling me? How can I do better next time. What needs to be done to complete this matter?"
  4. Simplify-simplify-simplify this scenario. Get to the core of what it was all about for you. This core message is now a part of your personal strength foundation.
  5. Let go.
  6. Move on.

What if you simply cannot move on? You likely have more to learn, have one more layer to remove to get to freedom. Go back to step one and begin the process again, more slowly this time. What did you miss? Who can help you see this more clearly?

In gleaning the learning and letting go of the rest, you will be among the mighty few. You experience a true sense of freedom from your past and the heightened strength you have unfolded for your future.

Enjoy your discoveries.


P. S. We'd love to hear how you used our 'Success Thought of The Week' in your business or personal dealings.

Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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