What do you do when you get discouraged?
You work hard, put in many hours but not much progress. What do you do?
Contemplate suicide. Well, either that or play some Smite. Either way, progress grinds to a halt, though the latter isn't an option while I'm at work.
Do something else for awhile and consciously work to shift my perspective. I find that if I am frustrated and keep pushing, it only makes a difficult situation that much more difficult. Walk away for a bit and then come back to it with a fresh mind and attitude.
I don't think I ever get "discouraged" (or maybe I don't recognize it if I do). I get tired, but that's "tired" - not discouraged. I don't know... I pretty much always just kind of either know where I'm aiming and accept that it may take longer to get there, and/or just figure I'll do "the next thing" (either in addition to, or instead of, whatever it is I've been doing, or trying to do).
I have confidence in my own abilities, know my priorities, values, and limitations and weaknesses and general aims; and within that "framework", I pretty much mange to get where I want to be (sometimes soon, sometimes "eventually"). Even when it's "eventually", though, I know that "eventually" is what I was OK with, considering, and being true to, my priorities and values.
I don't know... Maybe the real key is in recognizing that "tired" can easily be misinterpreted by some people as "discouraged"?? Either that, or else my priorities are such that all I really care about is that my kids and family are, ideally, healthy and reasonably happy. If they (or one of them) is not there's nothing that would discourage me, no matter how tired I get. If they are, I see "tired" as a good side-effect of whatever else my priorities are. Seeing "tired" from those perspectives is enough to kind of provide a little more fuel to keep going. So, either way, I guess getting discouraged doesn't ever really kick in.
Lisa, you are one of those people who are upbeat. My husband is like you. I still have to see him getting discouraged. I am , however, the type that gets discouraged by little setbacks. Thank goodness I have a good share of abilities and resources.
aesta....First & foremost, if it is important enough to me, I refuse to give up. Not much comes without efforts and repeated attempts at reaching our goal. Discouragement is a temporary bump in the road.
Take a break, a deep breathe and re-evaluate the big picture. Speak, think and act in a positive light, as you search for new & better ways to attack the situation.
Never hesitate to ask loved & trusted friends for assistance and be open to advice from a different point of view. This really helps lighten some of the burden and strengthens our resolve.
Acknowledge that you are discouraged, but only briefly. Close that door and move on to the one that leads to encouragement!!
Well I actually have a three-pronged approach when I become discouraged. I complete the following three principles for success usually in this order below;
(1) I try harder to resolve the issue.
(2) I have learned to contemplate and think about a different method to resolve the issue.
(3) I leave it to God to assist me and that is when the "coincidences" seem to come into play... Keep in mind these coincidences are really (in my opinion) "the handy-work of God"...
When I'm discouraged, I take a break - play solitaire on the computer, or do some gardening which is very therapeutic. It's often helpful to sleep on a problem - sometimes your mind finds a solution whilst you're asleep, and you wake up with fresh ideas; other times you just feel better after a refreshing sleep and can. continue working hard.
Hi aesta1, firstly I answer all of my e-mails, hubpages let's me know who has written new hubs so I have a read which always helps, then, I go onto the forums and get involved and finally if I still have no inspiration I make a cuppa! And return on a new day!
Well the answer is not straight forward as is question. I often feel that I may not correctly conveyed my thoughts so I was discouraged and some times, this discouragement creates new will to achieve this milestone. Yes sometimes, when I think I have done my job in suitable manner but I discouraged, at some time I also feel annoyed. Annoyance should not lead to the diversion of ones thoughts.
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