Inse was excited to try out for the school’s basketball team. He had been practicing for weeks and felt confident in his skills. But when the list of players was posted, his name wasn’t on it. He felt disappointed and embarrassed.
As he walked away from the gym, Inse bumped into Curity, who noticed his downcast expression. “What’s the matter, Inse?” Curity asked.
“I didn’t make the team,” Inse replied. “I thought I was good enough, but I guess not.”
Curity put a reassuring paw on Inse’s shoulder. “It’s okay to feel disappointed, Inse. But don’t let this setback discourage you. Use it as inspiration to work harder and improve for next time.”
Inse wasn’t sure how to do that. He didn’t know where to start or what to focus on. Curity noticed his confusion and suggested they try using the five transformations to help Inse bounce back from his disappointment.
They started with the first transformation, letting go of negative thoughts. Inse talked about the negative thoughts he was having, like “I’m not good enough” and “I’ll never make the team.” With Curity’s help, he learned to acknowledge these thoughts without dwelling on them and let them go.
Next, they moved on to transforming negative emotions into positive ones. Inse had been feeling sad and discouraged, but Curity encouraged him to focus on the positive aspects of the experience, like the fun he had at the tryouts and the fact that he was able to learn something from the experience.
For the third transformation, Inse and Curity talked about finding meaning and purpose in the disappointment. Inse realized that he had the opportunity to use this experience to motivate him to work harder and improve his basketball skills.
The fourth transformation was about visualizing success. Inse imagined himself making the team next year and how proud he would feel of his hard work paying off. This visualization helped him feel more motivated and excited about practicing.
Finally, they talked about taking action and making a plan to improve. Inse came up with a plan to practice every day, work with a coach, and join a community basketball league to improve his skills and get more experience.
As the days went on, Inse worked hard and used the five transformations to cope with his disappointment. He found that he was starting to enjoy basketball even more, even without making the team. He was proud of himself for not giving up and using his disappointment as a way to motivate him to become even better.
In the end, Inse realized that disappointment was a normal part of life, but it didn’t have to define him. With the help of Curity and the five transformations, he learned to bounce back and use his disappointments as a way to grow and improve.