This is a continuation from Wednesday’s post, read it here if you have not done so already Today we would be considering the first part of the ‘Big 5’ Discouragement.
John C. Maxwell has this to say: Everyone gets discouraged. Sydney Harris said, “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life’s hard’, I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”
Not everyone responds to discouragement in the same way. In regard to discouragement, there are two kinds of people in the world: splatters and bouncers. Splatters hit rock bottom, fall apart and stick to the bottom like glue. Bouncers hit rock bottom, pull themselves back together and bounce back up. The question is: Are you going to give up or get up? It’s a choice.
Here are a few suggestions that will help you bounce when you experience discouragement.
- Get the right perspective: you don’t have to look very far to see that you have it pretty good. Count your blessings!
- See the right people: There are some people who lift you up and some people who bring you down. When you are discouraged, you need to find yourself a lifter!
- Say the right words: Dr. Lloyd Martyn Jones wrote (in his excellent work, Spiritual Depression) “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself rather than talking to yourself?” Remarkable? Think about it. You wake up in the morning, and right away, there are streams of thought coming into your mind. You haven’t invited them; you didn’t ask for them; you are not consciously doing anything to produce them; they just come. Instead of compliantly listening to them, start telling yourself the positive, difference-making words you need to hear.
Think on the above words and lets meet in few days to continue on the ‘Big 5’.