Have you ever been disappointed when someone or something didn’t meet your expectations? I had an “aha” moment a few years back after reading a bunch of great reviews for a movie. According to the hype it was to be the movie of the century. Awesome… 5 stars… Amazing.
Unfortunately I came away disappointed.
This was really unfortunate because the movie was actually pretty good, it just wasn’t the movie of the century. I was disappointed because the movie didn’t live up to the hype. On that day I decided to give up reading movie reviews.
It wasn’t really the review that ruined it for me, it was my expectations. My expectations were guided by the reviews, but ultimately it was my fault that I was disappointed. I expected more than I should have and that led to my disappointment.
Expectations can also lead to anger. This typically happen when your expectations involve other people. You expect them to behave a certain way, and when they don’t you get angry. This could happen when people don’t show up on time or if they let you down in some way.
Steve Pavlina just wrote a great post on the topic of disappointment that deserves a mention. You should head over to his blog and check it out.
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