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Use Disappointment as a Tool for Personal Growth, not Define Your Self-Worth and Success




Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you just aren't as good everyone else in the world who is succeeding effortlessly and at a lightning fast pace with money pouring into their pockets and falling from trees all around them?

It's completely normal to have moments of self-doubt and comparison, especially when it seems like others are achieving success with such ease. However, it's important to remember that success looks different for everyone, and what you see from the outside may not reflect the full reality of someone else's journey.

All of this may have you feeling anywhere from slightly bummed out to like feeling like the world's most unsuccessful person or somewhere in between!

It's really important to not live in this negative zone. It's even more important to not wrap up your self-worth, self-love into this twisted thinking.

instead frame your victories, however big or small and your perceived or actual failures, however big or small with GRATITUDE. Find the positive. Find the learning. Find your blessings. Sometimes things just aren't meant for you. Keep going. Never give up. Change the thinking into an opportunity to learn.

Disappointment is a natural part of life, but it doesn't define your worth as a person. It's essential to remember that setbacks and failures are opportunities for growth and learning rather than reflections of your value as an individual. Here are a few reasons why disappointment shouldn't define your self-worth:

Resilience: Your ability to bounce back from disappointments demonstrates resilience and strength of character. Instead of letting disappointment weigh you down, use it as fuel to persevere and overcome obstacles.
 
Learning Experience: Disappointments offer valuable learning experiences. They provide insights into what went wrong and how you can improve in the future. Embrace these lessons and use them to grow personally and professionally.
 
Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself in the face of disappointment. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you would offer to a friend facing a similar situation. Remember that everyone experiences setbacks, and it's okay to feel disappointed.
 
Focus on Effort, Not Outcome: Shift your focus from the outcome of a situation to the effort you put into it. Your worth is not determined by whether you succeed or fail but by the determination and effort you demonstrate along the way.
 
Perspective: Keep disappointments in perspective by acknowledging that they are just one part of your life's journey. Your self-worth is not defined by any single event or outcome but by the sum of your experiences, relationships, and contributions.
 
Embrace Growth Mindset: Adopt a growth mindset, which recognizes that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. View disappointments as opportunities for growth rather than as indicators of fixed abilities.
 
Celebrate Progress: Celebrate your progress and accomplishments, no matter how small. Recognize your strengths and achievements, and let them bolster your confidence and self-worth, even in the face of disappointments.
 
Seek Support: Lean on friends, family, or mentors for support during challenging times. Surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you, reminding you of your inherent worth and potential.
 
Focus on What You Can Control: Instead of dwelling on things beyond your control, focus on taking positive actions that move you forward. Channel your energy into areas where you can make a difference and effect change.
 
Practice Self-Care: Engage in self-care activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Take time to recharge and rejuvenate, nurturing your well-being and resilience in the face of disappointment.

Elizabeth's Best Tip

Do Five Things:

When things aren't going my way, to take action and overcome I do five things to redirect and propel me in the direction of my dreams and goals. This can be difficult if your feelings are hurt or you feel blue, but this mindset and strategy has worked for me time and time again.

 
This is hard to remember and takes practice: Your self-worth is intrinsic and unchanging, regardless of external circumstances. By reframing disappointments as opportunities for growth and maintaining a positive perspective, you can navigate life's challenges with resilience and grace.

About Elizabeth Hamilton Guarino



In 2008, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino closed the door to her office to think about her life.

When she opened it, she walked through, leaving behind an almost two-decade career in the financial services industry in order to open the doors for the Best Ever You Network. Today, Best Ever You is a multimedia brand and platform with millions of fans and followers around the world.

Elizabeth is a tireless champion of others and believes in the need for the individual light within to raise the collaborative power of us and we.

Today, Elizabeth is a writer, master coach, and speaker focused on change, success, gratitude, and helping people be their best. She is the author of the bestsellers PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through published by Hay House, and bestselling five-time award-winning book, The Change Guidebook: How to Align Your Heart, Truths, and Energy to Find Success in All Areas of Your Life. Her latest book, The Success Guidebook - How to Visualize, Actualize, and Amplify You has quickly become a bestseller.

Elizabeth is also a frequent speaker, and her work has been featured in places like Good Housekeeping, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Thrive, Medium, and more. Her popular “4-4-4 Newsletter” is sent out each week to thousands of subscribers.

Elizabeth and her husband, Peter, have been married for more than twenty-five years and have four adult sons, three rescued cats, and two dogs. They can often be found in Maine in their gardens, in the pool, raking leaves, or, depending on the season, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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