Discouragement happens to everyone. Even the most successful people in the world have, at times, felt like their ship was sinking and that there were no life boats to save them. Regardless of how well-crafted your plan is and of how careful you have been to avoid problems, discouragement will eventually raise its ugly head… and when it does,  you will probably be tempted to feel like there is no hope.


But the good news is that discouragement can be defeated… and here are 4 tried and tested steps to help you do it.


1… Be Aware That It Will Happen

Regardless of what you do, discouragement will happen. Always be aware of this, and always try to be ready for it. When you see it coming, discouragement loses a lot of its potency. Try not to be so blind that you think that you will never face hard times again… because problems and difficulties are always going to appear after a while and threaten your serenity.  That is just how life is.


2… Remember That It Is Natural

Believe it or not, discouragement is a fairly natural process. After putting so much energy into a project and spending so much time on an emotional ‘high,’ believing that your project will be a success, there will invariably come a time when your emotions will seek to re-balance, and that is when discouragement will set it. Remember that discouragement is not permanent and that it is not necessarily a sign that you are doing the wrong thing. Sometimes, all that is required for you to become discouraged is a little bit of emotional burnout!


3… Take Some Time Off And Step Away

When discouragement strikes, stand up and take a break from your project. Ignore the urge to give up. Instead, spend some time doing other things that you enjoy. Give it a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks. Work on different projects and give yourself some time to re-evaluate and re-focus yourself. This little ‘vacation’ time can do wonders for your creativity and morale.


4… Talk To Someone

If discouragement has hit you unusually hard this time around, don’t be afraid to talk to someone. Maybe get a drink with a friend or call your mom. Spend some time venting to someone who will encourage you. Talking about a problem can often make it seem much smaller than it actually is, and can play a valuable part in getting you past it.