Designing a passionate life includes taking action. As you take action towards living a passionate life you will experience different results, some successful some not successful. It's very easy to look at the results of an action and experience disappointment if it didn't turn out the way that you expected it to. Each result that you experience is a stepping stone to the next action. Always remember that the results are none of your business because you cannot control the outcome of the results. I know that sounds strange but let me explain.
Let's look at disappointment. According to Wikipedia; disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that the individual feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while the individual feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself. It is a source of psychological stress.
For example, a football team is disappointed because they lost the championship game; or the Olympic Silver medalist who is disappointed because she didn't win the Gold medal. In both examples, these people focused on the failure of the outcome because it didn't meet their expectations, rather than on what they DID accomplish.
When you take action there are unforeseen elements at work that have an effect on the results. You can't control all of these elements and when you focus only on results that don't meet your expectations and then you are disappointed. These results become roadblocks and then you give up and stop taking action. All successful people have failed more times than they have succeeded. They look at the results, regroup and try again. The key is to take action and continue moving forward. Fail as many times as it takes to keep moving forward.
Think about any successful person that you know of, and I would guess that, if you asked them questions or did some research on their journey to success, you would find many failures along the way. One thing shared by most successful people is a passion for what they do.
Results are important in that they teach you what worked and what didn't work and that's all. Learn from your results, adjust and try again, and eventually you will experience more successful results. The secret is to keep trying. What is your next action toward living a passionate life?
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