The deflated goal
Call it disappointment, but I like to think of it as a deflated goal. There's been something you've worked hard for and then it didn't happen for one reason or another. The deflated goal sits in your path (imagine a beach ball with no air inside) and stands as a reminder of your failure. It certainly doesn't feel good. You can try to ignore it, try to make the most of it, but really--who has use for a deflated beach ball?
It's time to breathe new life into your goal. You literally need to give it life with your own breath. Once it's filled, you'll see it's form. You'll see it move through the air, and your life, with more color and more clarity.
I've moved through life with dreams & goals my whole life. Some have come to fruition with great effort from myself, others have come about with nothing but luck.
Your goals are there for a reason.
You're going to breathe anyway, may as well start filling up those balls...er, I mean goals! :)