What Inspires You? How to Go From Discouragement to Encouragement

I have a ritual that I put in place when I lose inspiration. I execute this ritual when I find myself getting tempted to view the cup as half empty. This ritual consist of me strategically implementing certain things into my daily regimen so that I remain inspired.

We all look at the cup as half empty from time to time. There may be times where you dwell on things that you have going against you, rather than focus on that which you have going for you.

I believe what truly matters is that we combat that temptation to focus on the negative so that we can continue along the journey with the goal in mind.

I may read a motivational book for inspiration when my flame dies down. Or maybe I’ll put on a funny movie. Anything that triggers an emotion of positivity, inspiration, and empowerment is key to transformation during these moments.

You see you have the power to take control of those emotions that cause you to get discouraged. You can combat that discouragement by the choices that you make. What motivates and inspires you? What have you found that has been proven to uplift and empower you?

Take a sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle. On one side of the line, make a list of things that inspire you, motivate you, or anything that makes you happy and sparks a positive emotion within.

On the other side of the line, list the things that have been known to discourage you in the past. It could be focusing on negative experiences in your pass, or hanging around the wrong people. This is the only moment that I suggest trying to conjure up those things that discourage you.

Once you have your list, make a decision to avoid the things that discourage you. Instead, dwell on those things that motivate and empower you. You see, what it all comes down to is taking charge of those emotions within you. Whenever you feel a sense of discouragement, that is the time to exercise the things that encourage you.

I do believe that you are empowered and equipped to take on bigger and better things. But life is like a game of chess, you can’t conquer the enemy’s king if you’re focusing on the fact that they just overtook your pawn. No you have to stick to the game plan and focus on that which inspires you. Alleviate discouragement and focus on that which encourages you and notice a sense of empowerment you feel today as you charge forth on your journey of life!

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  • At 2010.05.23 02:20, Kim said:

    Hi Jarrod,

    I loved this excerpt, ‘But life is like a game of chess, you can’t conquer the enemy’s king if you’re focusing on the fact that they just overtook your pawn.’ It’s a vivid reminder for me to let go of what I cannot change and to stick to the game plan.

    Lately, I’ve found a simple change of scenery helps me gain perspective to get back on track.

    Thank you for the wonderful post!

    • At 2010.05.23 12:31, Jeremy Johnson said:

      Hey Jarrod – this was a good exercise to try out and helped me get the things down on paper so I can refer to them. If I find myself drifting, I can refer back to it. Thanks!

      • At 2010.05.23 18:56, Sibyl - alternaview said:

        Jarrod: I couldn’t agree more. We have more control that we may think and we must choose to make certain we find good ways to always return to our center and that place where our confidence is restored.

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