7-Dream-Killers-Preventing-Your-Success-#5 Discouragement

Ever get discouraged as a leader in your practice, a member of your community or family? It’s kind of like asking if you have a pulse. If you’ve led anything for more than a few months, or have been part of anything; I’m sure you’ve felt discouraged. It could be because:

Progress wasn’t happening as fast as you like

Or may it was happening quickly but you still feel like it wasn’t not fast enough

You’re coming off a great season but you wonder if a slump is right around the corner

The voices of the critics are getting to you

In fact, some of you are discouraged enough right now that you’re thinking of calling it quits.

If you don’t face discouragement head on, a discouraging day becomes a discouraging week. A week becomes a month, become a season, becomes you quitting—or at least never realizing your potential if you stay. Most of the time, it’s not worth quitting just because you feel discouraged.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to get discouraged in life. We push and we push, until we seemingly can’t push anymore. And while the weight of the world rests on our shoulders, we buckle and heave, eventually crashing down into a fit of failure with a million shattered pieces falling all around us. Clearly, it’s easy to get discouraged while chasing your dreams, especially when you feel like all you’re trying to do is play catch up rather than get ahead.

How you handle discouragement affects your ability to take new risks and chances that could have huge benefits. The root word of discouragement is courage so it should only make sense that the feelings associated with failure and rejection often try to deal a blow to your inner source of courage. Unfortunately, these emotions can cripple you to the point where you avoid taking small risks that have huge potential rewards.

So how can you handle discouragement so it doesn’t consume you?

Dream Killer #5 – DISCOURAGEMENT

Discouragement is like arthritis; it makes it hard to function. It reduces your flow and cramps your style. It’s normal to feel discouraged at times, you just don’t want to stay there.

To overcome discouragement you must:

– Get your body moving

Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. It can also get you out in the world, help to reduce any feelings of discouragement and isolation, and put you in touch with other people.

It’s hard to be discouraged when you’re engaged in a physical activity. Make a list of exercises you like to do and reach for one of them when the feeling of discouragement knocks at your door.

– Count your blessings

Counting your blessings simply mean to be grateful for the good things in your life, often to stop yourself becoming too obsessed about the bad things

Just like fear, gratitude is an antidote to discouragement. Keep a list of daily “Wins” that you can look at when you feel discouraged. This will redirect your focus to gratitude instead of disappointment.

– Show compassion to others

When you are feeling discouraged, turning your attention toward helping others, help make everyone feel better—yourself included. Here are a couple of ways you can make somebody’s day:

  1. Examples include taking a friend out to lunch, making one’s partner’s day a little easier, or even graciously letting someone merge in front of you in traffic.
  2. Making constructive comments to others. Our words are powerful, for good and for harm. Building others up with our words also builds our relationships with them. An added bonus: We can’t be saying destructive words at the same time that we’re saying constructive ones.  So when you feel discourage, that is the right time for you to encourage someone else.

Get out of yourself and help someone else. Empathizing with someone else is a great way to snap you out of your funk.


Are you struggling to dream again? Do you stuck, overwhelmed and discouraged in your life right now?  If so, you’re not alone.

I have helped many in similar situations find more joy, clarity and fulfillment in their lives. I would love to help you too! To learn more about how you can join my mastermind group, click HERE.

In my mastermind group you will learn how to develop a winning mindset to overcome limitations such as low self-esteem.  I look forward to helping you in your journey.

Dreamers are world changers. Dare to dream! Dare to believe! Dare to take action today!

Don’t tell the world what you can do, show the world what you can do. Believe in your dreams, fulfill your destiny, become a world changer.

Stay tuned next week for dream killer #5 – Discouragement.  Until then, remember to Dream Big, Take Risks and become the CEO of YOU™!

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