When you are in a valley looking up molehills can seem like mountains. The mountains may seem to surround you on all sides. There may seem to be too many of them and they may seem to be too high.
It is so easy to become discouraged in life. When you are discouraged you are without courage and confidence. You lack the energy and will to try. You lack the strength to fight. Becoming discouraged robs you of your daring. You feel inhibited and hindered. Your progress is thwarted. You are delayed and held back before you even start. You feel downhearted, disheartened, dispirited, and demoralized. You may even feel despair.
You can discourage yourself or others can discourage you. Regardless, when things are hard and do not go your way you must find and strengthen your courage and self-confidence. Do not think or accept negative thoughts, words or statements about yourself. Encourage yourself.by reminding yourself of how good you are and of all of your abilities and accomplishments. Truly like yourself.
Remember that you have an inner spirit. Have confidence in that spirit and in yourself. You are capable of accomplishing anything and everything. You can find creative and clever solutions to all your problems and situations. You can alter and adapt to your circumstances.
You are strong. You are capable. You have great courage. You have boundless energy and perseverance. You are successful in everything that you attempt. You can move mountains.
Edgar Guest has a great poem that is says it best: “There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophecy failure. There are thousands to point out to you, one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it. Just start to sing as you tackle the thing that “cannot be done” and you’ll do it.”
Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.