Over the past couple of weeks I have been looking forward to today. Why?
The Olympics are over, and now I can get some sleep.
Watching the world’s best, night after night, has reminded me that greatness requires sacrifice. Gabby didn’t get lucky and go viral last week. She will forever be known by a single name, not because of a moment, but because of thousands of hours of practice that prepared her for a moment.
But not every Olympic story will end up on a Wheaties box. After yesterday’s mens’ marathon, American Ryan Hall will wake up today and feel disappointment after dropping out of the race, with a hamstring problem, around the nine mile mark.
“I am in shock right now. This is the first time in my life I have ever not finished a race.” Hall said when interviewed.
Truthfully, Ryan worked just as hard as Gabby did, only to see his dreams come crashing down.
So what happens when you work hard and don’t get the results you had hoped for?
You have to make a choice.
You can either go away or go to work.
Hall will need some time to refocus his running career. Eventually though, he will have to decide. He already seems to be on the right track. Just this morning, Hall tweeted (@ryanhall3), "Blessed to have family and friends for encouragement. Getting fresh perspective today."
After years in prison, the wrongly accused Nelson Mandela once said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Hall’s story is not over and neither is yours. If you have experienced a recent disappointment it is time to rise, put one foot in front of the other, and go to work.
Ultimately, what you achieve will be forgotten, but how you deal with disappointment will be remembered. Especially, by YOU.
What would you say to someone who is dealing with disappointment?