Ignore anyone that says they don’t get discouraged. We are bombarded with – be positive, think positive – messages because leaders get discouraged.
22 suggestions for overcoming discouragement:
- Ask someone you respect if they ever feel discouraged.
- Accept people for who they are. Trying to change people is futile and frustrating.
- When you feel discouraged acknowledge it to yourself. People who never feel discouraged are out of touch with themselves and the world.
- Anger frequently grows into discouragement. Let go of anger.
- Learn to do something new.
- Hold your head up. Good posture helps.
- Encourage someone. Your needs reveal what others may need.
- Stop trying to control things you can’t control. Let something go.
- Persistent ambiguity is discouraging. Establish milestones; seeing progress encourages.
- Solve a small challenge or complete a project. Checking something off your list lifts a weight from your shoulders.
- Do your best to focus on things you do best. It feels great to do something well.
- Feeling alone can be discouraging. Let someone in. Find a friend by being a friend.
- Reward yourself or someone else.
- Reinterpret your setbacks as learning experiences and stepping stones.
- Enjoy fresh ideas from a book or lecture.
- Do something fun.
- If you don’t get some rest you’ll end up discouraged.
- The up side of discouragement is it may motivate you to evaluate yourself.
- Change a routine.
- Drain the drama. Respond objectively.
Writing a list of things that encourage – encourages me. Maybe #23 is writing a list of things you can do that encourage you.
Where do you find encouragement?
How do you encourage others?
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