I am sharing a piece I wrote for cwahm.com. This piece focuses on small businesses, but the tips apply to any area of life where you feel discouraged.
It is unavoidable. Feelings of discouragement will be experienced as an entrepreneur but learning how to handle them is vital to the future success of your business. Discouragement, if allowed to linger too long, can take you off your path. It can make it easier to throw in the towel on your business dreams. Discouragement can also shake your confidence to its’ core and make you second guess yourself.
So what does it mean to be discouraged?
Inside the word, discouragement is the word courage. Courage is the ability to be fearless, to face anything dangerous, painful, or difficult. Discouragement then is to be without courage. The courage that you once had has now gone away. You no longer approach your business from a place of strength and faith but instead from a place of fear and hesitation.
But… it can come back. Discouragement can turn to Courage again.
Part One of the Dream Maker Series I often write about pursuing God-inspired dreams simply because I believe it is one of the most important things we can do in our lifetime. God-inspired dreams are part of who we are as individuals. The importance of these types of dreams is significant because of their potential to impact our lives and the lives of others in ways that can be life-changing. Over the next four weeks in this Dream Maker Series , I will focus on God-inspired dreams, what it means to be a Dream Maker and what you can do to live your dreams. In part one of this series, I want to define what a God-inspired dream is for you to determine if your dream fits into this category. It's important to recognize that God-inspired dreams are not about the material things that society often equates with dreams. Instead, God-inspired dreams are about something deeper because they are directly tied to your purpose, the reason you were created. So, what exactly is a
When you decide to pursue your God-inspired dreams, it stretches and challenges you in ways that you may not have imagined and shapes you into becoming more of who you are at your core. While pursuing your dreams, it is important to remember to take care of yourself internally. Many of the activities associated with self-care in our society focus on things outside of ourselves, but it is equally important to take care of our inner lives. I created ten principles that help you to go within as you practice self-care. Each principle I am working towards implementing into my life consistently, and I invite you to consider doing the same. Ten Principles 1. Think and speak kind words. Our self-talk is critical to our self-care. There is power in the words we think about ourselves and in what we say to ourselves about who we are. Our words matter, and they directly impact our actions, feelings, and relationships. Choose your words wisely. 2. Live from a place of truth . Remai