Overcoming Discouragement

Myth #1: We were all born to be happy.

Myth #2: We’ll never get what we need to be happy, so why even try?

The result of both of these myths is discouragement—that feeling we get when we don’t meet the expectations we’ve set for ourselves, or when we don’t even have any expectations and just accept our current state. Failure often comes before discouragement, whether we feel like we were born a failure, that we can’t measure up, or that we did our very best and it still didn’t turn out the way we wanted.

But discouragement is part of life, and it can actually be productive when we learn how to work through it. So here are 10 tips on how to turn your discouragement into progress:

Yes, life is hard. It’s hard for all of us. However, our faith grows as we react to our trials in a constructive way. We are more likely to feel God’s love for us because we are progressing, doing the best we can, and asking for His help.