As you know, people will let others down and others will let you down at some point along the way. There are definitely some that will let you down more than others. The key is what YOU do when others do let you down.
I’ve seen it happen with family, friends, in churches and in businesses. Some people realize that they are only human, others get mad and then there are those that leave and don’t even try to work it out.
So, what should you do when other people let you down?
1. Communicate to them exactly why they let you down.
If you care about someone you won’t neglect this first step. Sometimes, we just want to avoid this step all together, because it’s just awkward. All that confronting an issue does is allow for a conversation. And a conversation is the most important thing you can have with people that you care about. This allows for them to give you their point of view on the issue and for you to express what their actions or words portrayed to you. Who knows? It might not be what you thought.
2. Sometimes you have to really realize that humans will let you down.
This might be the hardest step of the process, especially if you have really high expectations of others. I’m not saying that having high expectations is a bad thing, but just know that they might not always be met.
3. Choose carefully who you let into your “inner circle”.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can select who is around you most of the time. You choose who influences you, and that’s usually the folks you hang around the most. It’s ok to know who will make you a better person and hang around those people, so you are the best you can absolutely be.
What’s a situation where you know that you let others around you down? How was it handled?