Staying encouraged is truly tested when it seems that you’ve failed and have no other options.
But there are techniques that can be used to shift these negative feelings and guide you to encouragement.
Have you ever felt that even though you’ve tried your best, everything always seems to go wrong?
You can almost taste the victory but can never get to the finish line.
It can make you just want to throw in the towel on the whole idea and give up.
To make things worse, you may have people around you who don’t support you.
Now, this may not have anything to do with whether they love you or want you to do well.
It usually has to do with one of two things. Either they don’t understand what it is that you are trying to achieve, or they have their own views of what you should be doing instead.
Either way, this may be adding fuel to an already heated fire.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
We must recognize that to be encouraged is to be confident, supported and strong when we are doubtful.
Therefore, encouraging ourselves is so significant because it gives us power over discouragement when we need it most.
When finding your way back seems impossible, use these techniques to assist you with getting back on the right path.
1) Set the Intention
Whether you are recovering from a recent failure or taking on a new task, set a good intention.
Avoid dwelling on anything that could potentially go wrong, do the opposite.
Think about a great outcome and talk about how wonderful it will be once you have achieved what it is that you’re wanting to complete.
Let this start when you wake up and continue throughout the day.
Declare to yourself that you already have what it is that you need to be successful. Make this a daily habit.
Every day is an opportunity to be great.
2) Be Grateful
Through tough times, even though we may not feel very positive, it’s important to be grateful. Be thankful for your experiences good and bad.
The fact that you can read this blog post is a reason to say thanks for the ability to read and the means and device on which you can read it.
So, make a conscious effort not to take things for granted without giving gratitude.
3) Believe That You Can
Setting out to achieve a goal, that we may know very little about, can be extremely intimidating.
When we feel this way, we sometimes begin to procrastinate and give up on our dream.
But, a good method for overcoming this intimidation is to not go into it with the mindset that you can’t because you don’t know-how.
Think of it this way. Before you could walk or run, you had to crawl.
Crawling is usually the first step into gaining self-mobility, right? It was the first step and then the other steps followed.
In life, we need to remember that we don’t have to know everything all at once.
We just need to know what we want to accomplish and then take the steps to achieve what it is that we wish to achieve.
Most importantly, if failure happens, know that you can attempt it again, maybe just with a different approach.
So, take your time, do your research, and follow your steps.
4) Reward Your Victories
Take the time to recognize yourself when you have reached a goal. Better yet, set small goals every day and meet them.
Rewarding yourself for small achievements will help give you the stamina to reach those bigger goals.
Make a checklist every night and follow through on what it is that you wish to accomplish the next day. As you complete each task, check it off the list.
Doing this can help give you an immediate sense of satisfaction so pat yourself on the back.
5) Trust the Process
In case you haven’t figured it out, no one said that the road to achievement would be easy. We encounter bumpy roads, detours, and rough trails. But in the end, there is a reward.
Even though we may not know how long the journey may be, we should never stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.
6) Feed Yourself With Positivity
When it gets tough and everything seems to be going wrong, surround yourself with activities and people that encourage you. A wonderful way to eliminate feelings of discouragement is to do things that make you happy.
If taking a walk, listening to music, or meeting up with a friend sounds like fun, then go for it.
Something else that you may find enjoyable is listening to inspirational podcasts or audiobooks.
Each day gives us a new opportunity to feed our minds with positivity. So, engage in activities that make you happy as often as you can.
“Don’t let past mistakes determine who you are or define who you are supposed to become.” – Felicia Veron
7) Forgive Yourself
Know that it is okay to make a mistake.
You’re not the only one who has made them, and they are part of the living process. What is important is that you learn from them, grow from them, and move on from them.
Life is full of lessons, many of these lessons are learned from making mistakes. So, give yourself permission to forgive yourself and do better the next time around.