The Hack Disappointment IQ Matrix explores how to effectively work through your feelings of disappointment using four progressive stages of emotional development. These stages include recognizing your disappointment, evaluating your circumstances, learning from your experience, and exploring methods for turning disappointment into empowering action. Use these four stages to shift how you think and process moments of disappointment. Moreover, use this map as a guide to help you build empowering mental habits for handling difficult emotional experiences.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Hack Disappointment IQ Matrix:
- RECOGNIZE: Your first objective is to recognize moments of disappointment. This first branch presents you with a series of questions that will help you process your thoughts and feelings in a productive and helpful way.
- EVALUATE: Your next step is to evaluate what just happened. In this second branch, the map explores how to evaluate your disappointment through the lens of your expectations. Here the map presents you with a series of questions that will help you to better understand how your expectations triggered your feelings of disappointment.
- LEARN: Now comes time to learn what we can from our experience. This third branch, highlights how to think about your disappointment in a more empowering way. This will help you gather key takeaways that you can then use to transform how you think and process the events and circumstances that just transpired.
- EXPLORE: The final branch of this mind map is an exploratory branch that takes you through how to turn disappointment into a challenge and opportunity to move forward in an optimal way. The branch presents you with various questions you can ask yourself that will challenge you to think outside the box and embrace moments of disappointment.
Use this map as a reference guide and reminder tool to help you work through your feelings of disappointment. No longer will disappointment make you feel miserable and powerless. It will, instead, challenge you to think about your life and circumstances in more helpful and practical ways.
This map provides a roadmap for hacking disappointment. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these principles into your subconscious mind. Only in this way will you develop optimal habits of mind and patterns of behavior that will transform how you think and feel in various situations.
A mind map does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you are trying to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information, thereby, rewiring itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s the perfect tool for creating lasting change and transformation.