I was coaching a successful entrepreneur on how to make 2023 the best year yet. Most of us were taught success is all about the how to’s skills and techniques. Only focusing here can be a trap. Action and skills are crucial. However, the older I get the more I realize it’s 100% mental. This superstar was having lackluster results in a crucial area of her business. She thought she was missing a technique or skill. She knew what to do but wasn’t doing it. She was allowing her past failures to dictate her current thinking, therefore repeating more of the same. Taking action from this limiting belief created stuck. She was discouraged.
Discouragement is the biggest thief of our dreams. I’ve nearly quit my business because of it. It’s insidious. It starts small and grows over time. I’ve watched thousands quit, give up their dreams and settle into mediocrity because of discouragement. She had been discouraged all of 2022 and her results proved it. No technique or “how to” was going to change this. Staying encouraged takes work but it’s worth it. When we’re discouraged, we often retreat into our bubble of dysfunction. We’re alone with our discouraging thoughts. The solution can’t be found at the same level of thinking that created the problem.
Insight of the Week: Keys to Staying Encouraged
In the end, we all get discouraged. It’s okay to get discouraged, it’s just not okay to stay there. You’re responsible for your thinking. No one else is. Do the work to shift, it’s worth it.
One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.