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Choose to Feel Encouraged

by David DeFord

A few days ago I learned that an approach I took in one of my projects violated a publisher’s copyright. When they sent me an aggressive “cease and desist” order, I experienced the natural emotion of such a circumstance—discouragement. For five minutes or so I wallowed in those “What’s the use!” feelings. But then I started to see the good in my misjudgment—I can now focus on my Nick Marriam book project and not feel as overwhelmed.

I learned from this experience. I now know what I should have done in the original project. But most importantly, I learned something about reacting to difficulty.

Discouragement wrings energy out of your body. It stifles problem-solving. It tends to make one listless. And discouragement leads to inactivity and failure.

When facing a discouraging time, ask yourself, “Which emotion will best serve me in this circumstance? Will I climb out of this hole more quickly while feeling discouragement or encouragement?” The answer will always be the same. The counter-productive nature of discouragement will never help you. It will never help you achieve your goals, finish a tough project, mend a relationship, or sooth your regret.

You can affect your circumstances but you cannot always control them. Nor can you determine the actions of others. But you can always control your reaction to them. In developing the habit of reacting well to negatives in your life you will put yourself on the path to success.

You can turn your demoralizing feelings of failure, hurt, regret, and disappointment into charged feelings of hope and determination.

Examine your reading material, your television viewing habits, and your activities. Do they contribute to feelings of strength and resolve?

Can you change your discouragement habit? Absolutely!

You choose your attitude. Choose it well.


Related Quotes

We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat or we can talk ourselves into victory. Gordon B. Hinckley

Individuals who deliberately decide not to take offense lead happier, more productive lives. Lloyd Newell

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. Norman Vincent Peale

Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force. Tom Blandi

The door to a balanced success opens widest on the hinges of hope and encouragement. Zig Ziglar

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James


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