When our expectations awaken to crude reality. Some thoughts towards approaching the universal experience of disappointment with an attitude of mastery.
Thank you for writing this John. A really good read and your ability to share and be vulnerable is an example we can all learn from.
Keep looking after yourself and know that the opportunity is around the corner.
First, solidarity, brother. I resonate with so much of your experience and I love how explicitly you are sharing it.
Second, this is a really terrific piece of analysis and a public service. There are people selling inferior versions of this wisdom for big money!
Among many things, the falling back on your systems is something I totally get now: well-established daily practices (in my case some blend of swimming/tai chi/yoga/walking each day) are a vital self-haven when shit hits the fan emotionally.
I would think that by bringing this level of awareness to your next work project (and may it come soon) you will shine.
It's great to see you writing here again, John. I'm of course sorry to hear about your momentary crude reality. But I'm also with you 1,000% that disappointment is better than failure. Your last few paragraphs reminded me of an Alex Hormozi quote (or tweet or something) that Chris Williamson has shared many times on his Modern Wisdom podcast. "You don't become confident by shouting affirmations in the mirror, but by having a stack of undeniable proof that you are who you say you are." You've clearly got the real deal. Hang in there.
Thank you John for sharing your experience and words of wisdom. I would like to share this quote with you ... “What is meant for you will not pass you by. Trust your journey. Keep going. Everything you need will come to you at a perfect time.”
So sorry to hear this John :(
Your words capture perfectly the unease and pain I felt when in a similar situation last year. It really is a harsh landscape out there right now.
I will be keeping my eye out for you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.