Handling Discouragement

       Discouraged.  It's something we all feel at times.  Especially if you have some big dreams and expectations.  You feel like you're working hard, going in the right direction...and then SMACK. A road block.  They can come in many forms.  But you know when you've hit one.

        Or maybe you feel like you're working hard and you're not really getting anywhere. You're just spinning your wheels over and over and never gaining traction.  

        It can feel depressing.  Hopeless.  You'll probably feel like it's not worth it.  Your mind might start coming up with all kinds of reasons why it's OK for you to quit.  It becomes easier to justify giving up.

So what to do?  

        Well, this can be situational.  But my best advice is to write down your "why."  Why did you start on this journey in the first place?  What do you have to gain from continuing?  What would the future you tell yourself if he or she were successful and looking back?  

I've had to do this this week.

        My usual positive self has been feeling a bit defeated.  Even though I am working towards my goals every day, my progress has been slow in many areas.  Sometimes I feel as though it's not worth the effort.  But you know what....

It is!  

       You might not always feel motivated.  Some days you will reread that list of "whys" in an effort to motivate yourself into action and it just won't happen.  But we base our decisions on these negative emotions, we will never accomplish anything worth while. 

       I believe that is why you hear cliches like "Perseverance is the key to success."  They become maxims like that for a reason.  They are TRUE!  Persevere through your hard time.  You might be closer than you think to your goal.  Either way, you aren't getting any closer by giving up.  

"If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl,
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

       Martin Luther King Jr. had such a great point.  Do what you can with what you have.  Don't give up and don't let allllllll of those great reasons why it's OK to give up convince you. It's not OK to give up.  That's what average people do.  You're not average.  You can persevere through this.  You have the power.  Own it.

 And yes. I wrote this post as much to myself as to anyone else.