It is important to get frustrated. It means you still want something. If you aren’t getting frustrated or energized by the mistakes you are making, you are on the wrong track. If you are getting frustrated by them, you will soon clear up whatever it was that caused the confusion or error. You might want to smile each time you feel frustrated because it means you haven’t given up.
Where You Are Versus Where You Want To Be
You tend to have an idea of what you want to do later on in your life. This can create some incongruity in your mind between what you are currently doing and what you would like to be doing. This is healthy and motivational. At the same time, your level of current frustration is a good indicator of how far you will go. If you are a budding entrepreneur that is currently held back in a way or two, or surrounded by folks that don’t understand your business plans, you may exhibit a high level of frustration. This is fine, and you need to look at that as your greatest asset.
Examples Of This Phenomenon
Imagine a young Bill Gates or Donald Trump before they became established as a presence. There was certainly frustration in their minds until the position they were in was the position they felt they were able to maintain. I can see a young aspiring individual telling themselves “I can’t wait until…” because of their frustration with not being at the point they envision themselves in. A young musician who sees himself adeptly playing guitar as part of a successful band will be disappointed with the unskilled members of his bands until he finally teams up with people at his level, which is when any fleeting past disappointment will become irrelevant and the aspiration will have been achieved.
Know That Disappointment Is A Signal Of Your Aspiration
When you hear yourself directly or indirectly complaining to others about wanting to do more, not less, although complaining is rarely useful, give yourself a pat on the back, because your frustration comes from wanting to rise. The same people who I see angry about something that most others ignore are the same ones that rise in whatever field they were angry or frustrated about. The person disappointed with a B+ in their class of interest is the same person that sees themselves mastering the material for future usage. Where there is frustration is something of value.
You Are Most Troubled Right Before You Bring About Positive Change
It is also the tipping point. The moment you beat yourself up over something is usually a moment or two before you find a way to fix it or learn how to overcome it. Your anger or disappointment is a sign that you are not one of the folks that is able to be labeled a “quitter”. A person who quits an activity out of wanting to reduce frustration may succeed in doing so, but also forfeits any of the larger gains that would show up from crossing the barrier of entry. Before quitting something, it is good to recall that frustration is temporary but canceling a pursuit is usually not.
Are You Frustrated Enough?
On the other side of this issue is the question “Are you frustrated enough?”. If you think you fit in this category, start going back to doing whatever it is that makes you feel a bit behind or needing to put in effort to catch up. If it is a painful activity for you to return to, remember that you should not run from the pain, but go towards it. These items like frustration, anger, pain, and related feelings of inferiority or disappointment are where your true nature comes out in an uninhibited fashion to conquer them. There is no need to hold back your mind’s energy until some surprise future event brings your excitement back. You can get your energy back without that.