Disappointment & Discouragement (& possible Deflation) in a Dream

Most of the time when people dream about their dreams, it’s in a positive light. It involves all things good. They wish they were pursuing their dream, more than anything.

People who do step out and pursue a dream, find out pretty quickly that it’s not all sunshine and roses. One of the big negatives a person can run into (seemingly completely contradictory to the whole dream-idea) is disappointment.

Disappointment can show up in different ways. A couple examples:  In the people around us. Or in a turn of events. Each can lead to discouragement.

If we aren’t careful, disappointment and discouragement can lead to deflation. Feeling deflated, or the deflation of our dream. If we don’t get a grasp on things, these three ‘D’s can be a real dream-killer.

So what do we do?

Hope in the Storm

There are two things I keep in mind. First, God is number one in my life and with him in control, things will turn out for the better. Second, I have to remind myself discovering disappointment is almost like going through a phase–I can work through it. It doesn’t last forever.

Working through disappointment can sometimes feel like trudging through molasses. Sometimes I feel like I’m barely moving, but as long as I can tell I’m still moving, I keep plowing through.

I guess you could say I hold onto hope–I’m still holding onto my dream.

A friend of mine shared motivation he heard from a lady behind him, while going uphill in a recent marathon:

“Suck it up, cupcake!”


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