Deion Sanders is definitely a friend to football. On any given Sunday on the NFL Network, Sanders delivers analytic and entertaining commentary about the current state of the NFL. The bigger-than-life personality most people perceive is actually a very confident man, covered in humility.
Deion Sanders is an accomplished athlete–and it wasn’t given to him. The NFL Hall-of-Famer worked hard–and still does to maintain excellent physical and mental shape. However, that doesn’t mean he’s had an easy road. Like anyone, he’s had his share of disappointments but has learned some valuable life lessons. In his blog, Sander’s talks about how to deal with disappointment and shares some insight to help with this all too normal reality:
There are many things in life that are certain. One certainty is that we all know what it feels like to be disappointed. We also know what it feels like to disappoint someone else. Disappointment is one of those difficult realities of life that we have to learn how to deal with. (I didn’t say love – we just have to deal with.) If not handled carefully, however, DISAPPOINTMENT can be DEADLY. Disappointment can be lethal when it comes to our visions, goals, dreams and aspirations. If we become fixated on the disappointments of our past, we won’t be motivated to fix what’s wrong and make it better in our future. (Somebody shout AMEN!)
No one gets everything that they want – not even the filthy rich. No one has everything work out exactly the way they planned it. In life there are your plans then there are God’s plans. Disappointment is birthed in the space between our expectations and our experiences. When our experiences don’t match our expectations we tend to be disappointed. For example, if you expect to get a certain job and it they hire someone else you are bound to be disappointed. If your relationship or marriage didn’t turn out the way you expected, you are likely to be disappointed. (I’ve been disappointed twice by the way.)
Disappointment is the difference between your expectation and your experience. That means the higher the disparity between what you expect and what you experience, the higher your level of disappointment. (I just said a mouthful right there. I hope you caught it.) Let me see if I can put it in terms we all can understand and identify with. If your mother and father were both 6’4” and you are 25 years old and you’re 5’4”…you’re probably a “little” disappointed (and somebody needs to get a blood test). You expected to be at least 6 feet tall like your parents.
OK…I had to laugh at that last part…but if you read more by clicking here – you can get some tools on how to manage disappointment.
You can go directly to his blog at http://www.deionsanders21.com/blog/dealing-with-disappointment/
You can more real truth on his weekly reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook on OWN Saturday’s at 10pm EDT.
Thanks for that bit of truth Prime Time!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,