Of all the words that can be applied to one’s self during training, learning, growth or really just about anything is one word that should be loathed by everyone.
That word is, discouraged (discouragement).
Discouragement can derail even the smallest dreams, let alone larger ones. Once you become discouraged it’s hard to feel good about anything you’re doing and a feeling of simply giving up can overwhelm you.
Throughout history attempts to discourage have existed. Examples of this can be found in sports, warfare, politics, movements and more. In sports often teams will try to run up the score quickly as to discourage the other team from trying. Once the score gets high enough the other team can get a “why even try” feeling. In politics and political movements opponents can make the other side look as if they don’t have enough followers to even gain ground, causing a feeling of pure “impossibility”.
You see these people understand discouraging the other side so they can close a victory. So how does this apply to you? Obviously, we’re in a totally different field. We’re in the field of making money online. But, discouragement can still dismantle any chance that you have of making anything and in the rest of this article I’m going to explain why.
When you’re learning how to make money online you’re obviously doing something you haven’t tried to do before. With anything that we must learn there is always going to be growth and we shouldn’t expect to be amazing at anything right after we get started. The problem is that when a new person comes into a “make money online” system and they don’t start earning money right away they can become discouraged. Once the person is discouraged they start feeling frustrated. Frustration leads to lack of focus. Lack of focus leads to not learning correctly and growing. These feelings ultimately lead to simply giving up. Once you’ve given up there is absolutely no chance to make money, you’ve lost.
So what do you do if you start feeling discouraged. I’ll tell you what I do; take a break. I’m not talking about taking a year off or anything crazy like that. What I am referring to is to walk away for a day or at least a few hours and come back. During this time go and do something fun or something to ease your mind. Come back once you’ve settled down and pace yourself.
I still remember when I was building my very first website. I was so excited to get started and make money. However, not long into the process I got completely stuck on something and I began to get frustrated. I literally worked on this for hours and I couldn’t make the stupid thing work. Does that sound familiar? I have a hot temper and over the years I’ve learned something because of this. I’ve learned that when I am starting to become discouraged or frustrated that I have to get up and unwind for a moment. So when I hit this snag and I couldn’t make it work I simply got up from my computer chair and went for a long run. I came back a few hours later and easily found the cure to the problem that I had just spent hours fuming over. This worked because once I came back I was calm and could then think rationally again. During times of stress, anxiety, fear, displacement, anger, or discouragement our emotions cause us to overlook things and miss steps because we are not 100% focused anymore.
During this learning process you must not let yourself get discouraged. Once you become discouraged you’ll begin to miss instructions, over look details and ultimately become deeply confused. These emotions can cause you to miss out on a wonderful opportunity to make money from your home.
Anyone can make money online with the proper training, proper focus and proper mindset. But, if you let that dirty little word into your mind it can derail even the best teaching and even the strongest people. My best advice is stay positive and if you get frustrated walk away for awhile. But, no matter what you do keep the word discouragement out of your mind.