Maybe you or someone you know is already feeling discouraged. And maybe you don’t know what to do about it. Don’t despair. You can change from discouraged to encouraged. Here are four steps that will help.
Take positive action
Don’t wait until you feel like acting before you act. You need to act first and the feeling will follow.
I once heard the story of a poet who was walking in his garden when he saw a bird’s nest lying on the ground. A storm had swept through the tree and ruined the nest. While he mused sadly over the wreck of the bird’s nest, he looked up and saw they were already building a new one in the branches. They didn’t let the storms destruction discourage them. They were already taking positive action.
Start thinking positively
Remember, you are only a positive attitude away from success. One of the most famous race horses of all time was named Man O’War. As a two-year-old, Man O’War won six consecutive races. Then in 1919 he lost for the first time. To a horse named Upset. Here’s what happened.
Before the race, the horses had been left at the gate for about five minutes, an unusually long time. Man ÓWar, always nervous prior to the start of a race, started very poorly. When the horse finally broke from the starting gate, he was 5th in a 7-horse race.
Thoroughbred horses can be skittish, and some horses who are used to winning, give up when they don’t start well. But not Man O’war, He gallantly tried to make up the distance> by the time the race reached the halfway mark he had moved to 4th place. At the three-quarter mark, he was in 3rd position. When the horses turned into the final stretch, he moved into a strong 2nd. Ten lengths from the finish line his head was level with Upset’s saddle, and he managed to win the race ‘by a nose’
T following race, Man O’War beat Upset soundly.
When you decide to overcome discouragement, think positively. Believe that you can win the race, and you have a chance. Believe that you have lost, and you have.
Study positive examples
One of the best ways to fight discouragement is to study examples of positive, persistent people and to emulate them. The people you study can be achievers you know personally. Or you can read biographies and examine the people’s lives for qualities you admire and then emulate them.
Develop positive persistence
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, studied the lives of more than 500 of the most successful people in America. He found one indispensable trait that was common in all of them, it was persistence. These individuals kept trying, even after repeated failures. Their success was reached after overcoming obstacles. Failure was not an option
Take note of those people who overcame stuttering and became great public speakers, learner musicians who become acclaimed performers. I remember the story of a visitor to New York who noticed a violinist carrying his violin case, the visitor asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician answered. “Practice, my friend, practice” It was Garry Player who said, “The harder I practice the luckier I get”
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up again
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to something until you get there.
Focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, don’t build more tunnel
Think…..and grow wealthy