Do you know your number one enemy in life?
Your number one enemy is discouragement.
This is an enemy you must meet when you are pursuing any worthwhile goal.
This is the enemy you meet many times in your life.
He is nourished by fear, doubt, and anger. When anger grips you, the next thing is you are discouraged; and want to give up. When fear and doubt grip you, the same thing happens. You start feeling discouraged and want to give up.
Discouraging moments come my way quite often. Sometimes I start a project with very high expectations, but along the line things do not go as I envisaged and I think I have got it all wrong.This will make me discouraged and I will want to give up and take another course.
Many people have this experience. I used to fall into the trap of allowing myself to be discouraged quite often until I saw the harm it was doing to me.
The problem is not with feeling discouraged. The problem is with allowing discouragement to win in your life. If you allow discouragement to prevail in your life, you will fail. What we always need to have at the back of our minds is the fact that even the toughest people in the world experience those moments of discouragement; moments when they are tempted to quit. What makes them different is they do not quit. They do not give up. That is a big difference between the winners and the losers. Winners don’t give room to discouragement; losers do.
If you want to be a winner you must say a vehement no to discouragement. It cannot be emphasized enough that when you decide to do something and know it is right, make sure that you take it to the end.
Do not be surprised when moments of discouragement come.
Moments of discouragement are inevitable. Prepare yourself for such moments and stand strong when they come.
Let the examples of others inspire you.
We would not be where we are today had some of those who were here before us gave in to discouragement. Think of how many times Thomas Edison failed in his experiments. He was not discouraged.Think of Abraham Lincoln; how many times he failed to win the presidency. He would have been discouraged. He was not. You know what that gave him. Not only was he the 16th president of his country but he was one of the greatest leaders the world has had. The list can continue.If Christopher Columbus had given in to discouragement, he would never have discovered America; neither would Ferdinand Magellan have found the sea route to India had he given in to discouragement. You know certainly that while at sea they and their men encountered enormous difficulties and felt discouraged many times but did not give up. This is what it takes to win. Examples like these should inspire us.
I have read some of the discouraging messages that candidates for high office like the presidency get before elections. They are often so discouraging that any weak-minded person would give up without a second thought. Of course, those who do that lose before the election. By giving in to discouragement they are admitting that they are not of the stuff to lead people.
We have to watch out not to fall into the trap of discouragement. It is always lurking around and showing its ugly head. Give a deaf ear to it and continue with what you want to do. Remind yourself, when such moments come, of the legendary statement:”The winner never quits and the quitter never wins.”
Many bloggers do not succeed because they give in to discouragement. When they start, they think the traffic would just start flowing to them and money would start pouring in. Often months after they start there is no indication of light at the end of the tunnel. They get discouraged and give up. It almost happened to me. On Saturday September 27, 2014, I issued a message which I considered the message of my life concerning my life dream titled My vision for an excellent world. I expected that message to generate at least 100 new followers to my blog. Not even one came. Was I discouraged? Of course, I felt discouraged but I did not give up knowing that the winner never quits and the quitter never wins.
I also wrote a post titled The challenge of being a teacher which I expected all teachers to jump at. Did any teacher read or make a comment? Not to the best of my knowledge; but I decided not to give in to any discouragement because I had set myself goals which I was bent on achieving and would not let anything stop me.
I have been reading how it all went when Scott Dinsmore started Live Your Legend. He experienced discouraging moments; but he never gave up. See where he is today with Live Your Legend.
I want us to agree on one thing: discouragement is an enemy to success. It is the number one enemy to success. We should never give it a chance when it comes knocking on our door.