I believe that one of the major reasons people give up is discouragement. They give up on a project, give up on a relationship, give up on their business, even give up on themselves
Discouragement is a real challenge for people but it’s natural, it happens to all of us and I believe that there are ways to overcome it.
Watch below to find out how.
I know from learning Spanish how hard it is to do something you’ve never done before. It’s frustrating because I speak English so well, but in Spanish I have the vocabulary of a 5-year-old.
When we start thinking to ourselves, “Maybe I just can’t do it.”
“Maybe I’m not good enough.”
“Maybe I should just give up.”
We need to remember that our thoughts aren’t necessarily logical when we feel discouraged.
Discouragement can also be exacerbated by the people around you. When you talk to them about how you feel and express your frustrations and doubts, people have a natural tendency to say, “Don’t worry about it. You don’t need to do this, you can take on something new.”
“You’ve done so well at this, why don’t you do it instead?”
“Why don’t you just get a job? It would be easier…”
Even though they say it out of love for you, those comments can add to your discouragement more than they alleviate it. They can also wear down your self-confidence, which is another major factor in how we feel about our situations. If we were confident in ourselves, we would plow ahead despite the obstacles.
I remember watching my husband take on his first major architectural project after not having worked in the field for over 20 years. I was amazed that he was taking on something so big; it was a huge job to do without having the background necessary for it.
But even though he hadn’t worked in architecture in years, he had such a sense of confidence in himself that he was able to take on that project, overcome every obstacle and be successful. It was remarkable to me.
Years later, he told me that he didn’t think he had the skill set to do that project, but his self-confidence took over and he did what he needed to do to succeed.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about discouragement a lot more. If you’re struggling with feeling this way about where you are in your business, stay tuned – we’ll work on it together.
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