Sometimes things don’t work but the fact remains all of us get discouraged. Unfortunately, discouragement is contagious. Check who is around you because the greatest liability are the people who discourage you. How do you know you are discouraged?

1. Exhaustion – You are tired, easily angered and agitated.

2. Withdrawal – You avoid responsibility and association with people in place of solitude.

3. Faulty Thinking – You often think of yourself as a failure, not being of value to others and being lonely.

4. Comparison – You are often comparing yourself with others. The key question is always Why me?

5. Loss of Creativity – You loose your vision and are just a moving body without any desire to embrace change, innovation and creativity.

6. Blame –  You are not at fault. Others are always to blame.

7. Exaggeration – Anything negative is your forte to exaggerate. Look for solutions instead.

How do you deal with discouragement?

1. The Bigger Picture – What can you learn from your time of discouragement.

2. Hope –  Look at your problem but say to yourself, it shall come to pass because nothing is Permanent.

3. Company – Associate yourself with the right people, do the right thing and keep the right company.

4. Decisions – Don’t make long-term decisions based on short term problems.

5. Persistence – Be decisive on what you want to achieve in life. What do you want to see in the short or long term? Keep on following up on your vision.

6. Listen – Speak positive mindset to yourself. Don’t listen to yourself passively instead be active. Verbalize actively and share with your confidant.

George Wachiuri  is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.

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