1. Discouragement produces pessimism, a focus on inadequacy, and a need to find faults in others in order to feel better about self.
2. Discouragement causes a zone out reaction to life, a feeling of being trapped (because you are in a way), and an overall lack of initiative.
3. Discouragement crushes confidence, creates a loser mentality, and can even push into being loud and overbearing because as fears and frustrations mount.
4. Discouragement creates a stuck situation and traps the mind in the moment (or more likely in the past moments).
5. Discouragement drives a need for perfectionism and complete control and can result in a need for constant affirmation or any type of attention (including negative attention).
My default position is that we all need encouragement to get through – and while that is true at the base, sometimes it looks a little different in reality. I need to watch for the signs of discouragement before I overwhelm with encouragement.
#GrowingHOPE understands a life INcouraged can give flight to impossible dreams – but I have to invest in encouragement to grow up that life.
First – I have to understand encouragement – because it is more than just cheerleading from the sideline (although it can include that).
Second – I have to become encouraged in my own journey – because I will always struggle to be an encouragement when I am haunted by discouragement myself.
Third – I have to develop a habit of sharing encouragement because it will never have a chance to work if it is never given away.
Fourth – I have to learn how to recognize discouragement in myself and in those around me. Sometimes the encouragement comes from that recognition.
Fifth – I have to utilize the tools for dispelling discouragement because there are ways I can help grow it away.
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