"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged."
I stumbled across the above quote this morning on twitter. Now when it comes to Lucille Ball I can't decide whether I like her or not, but this quote definitely sways me towards "like," because its honest and oh so true.
You see, I have been discouraged before - I believe every human being on earth has been discouraged at times. It's how you deal with feeling discouraged that determines your successes in life. Why? Because as Lucille says, "it doesn't pay to get discouraged." AND it really really doesn't.
To be discouraged is to taste the bitterness of failure, of rejection, of plans gone awry. To have the heart sink and the mind turn to despair. How do you get over this? How do you come back from feeling this bad?
For me, being a forever optimist, I let myself work through the feelings and then I let them go and look to the future and all the plans I still have. I remind myself that there are many paths to the same goal and that the one I was on just wasn't the right one, that I have to choose another way. To be rejected, to have a failure, doesn't mean the end, nothing really is the end, because, if we embrace optimism, have the ability to keep moving forward, to keep ourselves inspired by our dreams and aspirations.
Do you have any special things that you do to help you get over feeling discouraged?
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