If you’re an entrepreneur. If you are passionate about what you do. If you have big goals and ambitions. Then you will inevitably be discouraged at some point. I know, I sound like a Debbie downer, but I promise you, this post is not a downer. In fact, I hope it leaves you feeling encouraged.
Discouragement It’s something that we all have felt. At least I have. Because here’s the thing, we are human. We go through seasons of doubt, seasons of my plateaus or lulls, and even periods or seasons of confusion.
No matter if you are in the business of blogging or in the business of life, seasons like the ones I mentioned above can bring discouragement. Discouragement that usually is only brought upon us by ourselves.
We work hard, and we expect our hard work to become fruitful. Our roots to grow. We expect our passions and goals to get bigger and BETTER.
But the thing about these seasons is that they’re only just that, a season. Learning to get through them and learning to use them for the greater good, will help overcome any discouragement. Trust me, I’ve learned and relearned and will continue to learn to do this on a seasonal basis.
So today I want to share with you a few things that have helped me overcome discouragement, in the business of blogging and in life. I’m sure there’s more than three, but these three have helped me focus on moving forward and staying positive.
All right, here we go!
- Encourage Others – Be the encourager! Stop focusing on you and focus on sharing others great content, their achievements, their hard work, etc. We are all in this together and we all need to lift each other up. It’s one reason why I started the monthly Cotter Chronicles post. I love sharing the many talents of my friends and fellow bloggers/entrepreneurs. And we all deserve a good pat on the back sometimes, ya know? Lindsay, Amanda, and Purely Twins have a weekly series where they share others content and it’s always a great read/encouragement! I know several others who do that as well.
- Branch Out – Are you stuck with ideas? Are you in a season of confusion where you just don’t know what else to do? Maybe it’s time to branch out of your niche.
- Ask a friend or colleague to write about their specialty on your site or vice versa.
- Learn a new technique for a recipe, or with your photography! Heck start a new workout. DO something different.
- Just don’t do the same thing you’ve been doing if it’s not working at the current moment. I don’t know about you, but I always feel more encouraged when I’ve learned something new and can share it with others! It’s why I asked my friend Maggie to write a guest post on Red Bean Rice cakes. I wanted to learn something new while at the same time promote her talents! She’s pretty amazing, yes!
- Log off and Get Out – And lastly, get out. Get out the door, do something other than work. Disconnect. Get coffee with a friend. Get those thoughts OUT of your mind with other GOOD distractions. I will be the first to admit I struggle with this. And I am currently working on getting out more. Sometimes it just means taking a walk in nature or popping by to see family and saying hi. Because let’s face it, family and friends are pretty amazing encouragers!
I know there are a lot more ways to overcome discouragement. A LOT MORE! But sometimes sticking to a few simple ones are what work best. No need to overload the brain even more, right? Haha!
That being said, Fall is going to be a BUSY and FULL season for many of us. Let’s focus on making it a season of encouragement, of renewal, of growth (good growth)!
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What’s one way you overcome discouragement? And just so you know, if you are ever feeling discouraged, feel free to tweet me. I got your back!
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Stay tuned for Saturday! I have a weekend update. Meaning I edited another OLD Healthy Bite recipe and will be reposting tomorrow! Because I just can’t stop making them. 😉