Banish Discouragement and Move Forward – March 3 Inspiration

Banish discouragement so you can move forward. Sounds good to me! Discouragement is just another negative, toxic mindset that adversely affects our feelings and prevents us from really living the kind of life we want to live…and often delays us from fulfilling our potential. Learning effective strategies to deal with discouragement–like reading words of encouragement (main idea of this blog!) and spending time with people who encourage and build us up, rather than tear us down.


Here is your inspiration for today…

“Missionary William Ward said discouragement is

‘dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present,

and distrust of the future.’

If you’ve dealt with dissatisfaction in your life,

you know that is true.

Discouragement steals the zeal we need for living.

It makes us believe we will fail

before we have even tried to succeed.

There is nothing wrong with feeling disappointed

about something, dealing with it, and moving on–

that’s a natural reaction

when something doesn’t go as you hoped it would.

But discouragement doesn’t let you move on.

Discouragement stays with you,

stealing your joy, your energy, and clouding your judgment.

You don’t have to live captive to the feelings

of discouragement any longer.

The moment you begin to feel despair or discouragement–

whether it be over something big or small–

remind yourself of God’s goodness in your life.

Don’t let insecurity, regrets and dreads,

or discouragement ruin your life.

Others may live captive to unhealthy and ungodly feeling,

but you don’t have to.

As a child of God, you can make the daily choice

to live by the Spirit

instead of living by your emotions.

With God, you always go forward…never backward.

Forward into something new.

Forward into something better.

Forward into destiny.”

–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”


My reflections:

I am on a mission this year to overcome obstacles and pull down strongholds, and discouragement is one of those that has been a resident for FAR too long in my life! Time to serve an eviction notice, I believe, so I can move forward into a more positive life and be better equipped to help and encourage others.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you struggle with discouragement on a regular basis?

Do you have a support network of positive, encouraging people who help pull you up when you’re down?


My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.
My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. In our house, we all try to encourage people as much as possible. It’s much better that way πŸ™‚

  2. I think sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I need to print this up and keep it in my office!
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  3. I really love your inspirational quote. Actually I just made a quotes pinterest board – so I would love to share.

  4. Life can sometimes be discouraging especially when you encounter little humps along the way. It’s important to keep holding on though, because once you let discouragement lure you, you will fall into a continuous cycle of negativity.

  5. Admiring this post, so great words! I will save it.

  6. I think that sometimes people can be unaware that they are discouraging someone. Sometimes they jest too much that it becomes discouraging. I think we all need to just be more aware of what we say.
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  7. Love this great possitive and motivational message discouragement is something constant in our lives but we got fight it with possitive attitude and the strong will of following our dreams
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  8. I am trying to teach my daughter about this. I think you do a great job of explaining about discouragement. I am going to let her read your blog and see if she has any question. God must be working through you, as I have been asking for help in this area.
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  9. I struggle a lot with this, though it’s been getting easier over the years.

  10. I struggle with letting go of the disappointments that I can’t do anything to change. It’s been hard to get past some of those but it is so important to! It is getting easier though..

  11. I’m pretty good at letting things go. I try not to get discouraged but one thing I can’t get over is the discouragement that comes with trying to lose weight. I get so frustrated. I need to learn how to accept that it is a slow, on going process. Thanks for the wonderful words of wisdom πŸ™‚
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  12. One of my co-workers (who has twins in high school) talked about how she found out how one of their teachers was teaching a “humans s**k” week. Each day devoted to a most discouraging side of human nature. We all sat there in shock. Our consensus was, we needed to concentrate on the goodness of life and humanity instead of spreading discouragement. This blog post might have been a good starting point for such a discussion.
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  13. Great post! It’s so easy to get discouraged, and we really have to remember where our blessings come from.

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