Discouragement comes to all. If you are not discouraged today and know somebody who is dealing with discouragement, I encourage you to reach out to them. Discouragement is one of the greatest “enemies” to productivity and has killed more dreams than anything else. Discouragement is dangerous because it tells you some of the following:
You lack the necessary skills to accomplish the task before you
You do not have what it takes to lunch a new product
You do not have the right connections
You are nobody and your opinion does not count
You failed yesterday; therefore you are going to fail today and tomorrow
You are in the wrong place and at the wrong time
Stop trying, stop believing, stop hoping
Quit, throw a pity party and feel sorry for your self
Discouragement will make you want to stay in bed all day, instead of getting out and facing the day. You will stop applying for jobs because of too many rejection letters. You will throw away your blueprints because nobody will fun your ideas. You will stop writing your blog post because nobody will read it. You will stop smiling because others do not smile back. You will stop giving because others are stingy. You will stop trusting because you have been taken advantage of in the past. Discouragement is no respecter of a person; it is passive and will try to destroy you if given a chance.
One sure way to overcome discouragement is by being grateful. Remember the words of King David, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”
When discouragement comes knocking focus on the things that have gone right and not those that might go wrong. Get out of the bed each day with a heart of gratitude for many people who ran out of time during the night and could not get out of bed.
Be thankful for little things and do not take anything for granted.
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