There comes a time in almost everyone's life when they do not get what they were expecting to get or they realize they are not where they expected to be by now. There's no way to sugarcoat it: professional disappointment is painful. However, this does not mean that it is the worst thing. Learning to deal with things that don't go your way is a lifelong learning. Here are some tips that may help you handle career disappointment better and help you refocus.
1. Allow Yourself Some Upset Time, But Not Too Much.
If you have received a blow, it's natural to feel sad and upset for a while. It will take some time to feel okay again. You can vent, feel upset or be sad but it's necessary to set a time limit or an expiration date for it. At that certain point, it won't be any longer helpful to complain. Instead, channel your energy into planning for the future.
2. Don’t Turn To Denial
Turning to denial during this period is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. Because it has the potential to keep us bound to internal anxieties about our worth and value. This can hold us tied to the fear of pain, preventing us from learning from our mistakes or allowing us to reach our full potential.
3. Find The Lesson
It is a truth that there is always some experience hidden behind every event, whether it is success or loss. Put in some time and effort to figure out what went wrong and what you could have done differently, and remember it as a lesson. Rather than seeing only failure, concentrate on what the experience is teaching you.
4. Stay Hopeful
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Keep this in mind. It is possible and necessary for you to move past your defeat and look forward to greater things ahead. If you were fired, then believe in yourself that a year from now you might be in a lot better job than the one that just ended. If you've lost a client, focus on developing new, deeper relationships with people who appreciate you with what you have to give.
Just keep in mind that career related problems keep coming and going. If there are difficulties today, the phase will soon get over too. Rather than giving up and throwing our hands in defeat, we must take action by interrogating the stories we tell ourselves. Keep working on yourself and moving forward.
If you think the emotion is becoming too much for you to handle, you should seek medical assistance. They'll undoubtedly be of great help to make you feel better.
Remember the great quote by Zig Ziglar, "It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
and “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”, by Robert F. Kennedy.
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