“Why should I put in for that promotion? I already know that Simon will get the job.
Or, I could never complete my master’s degree while I am working, I guess it is too late, I guess I should have done it when I was younger.
Oh come on now! You can do better than that. Don’t use discouragement as an excuse and don’t let discouragement translate into laziness. See if you allow yourself to give in to discouragement, you really are taking the easy way out.
Look at our opening quotes again:
Why should I put in for that promotion? I already know that Simon will get the job.
Maybe Simon is the favored candidate for the promotion, but if you don’t express interest your leaders will never know that you are seeking advancement. If you don’t apply for the promotion, you are taking the easy way out. You don’t have to go through the interview process or prove why you are the right one for the job, you don’t do anything.
So WHEN will you try for that promotion? Will you always let discouragement take the lead?
I could never complete my master’s degree while I am working, I guess it is too late, I guess I should have done it when I was younger.
Yes it is difficult to work full time, have a personal life and go to school. If you doubt me, ask around. There are many people you can ask. Wait a minute, if there are many people you can ask, that would imply that many people push forward and do it anyway.
So even though it is hard work, apparently it is not impossible. Apparently some people do not let discouragement lead the way; they go ahead and take on the challenge.
So next time you feel discouraged about taking on a challenge, remind yourself that if you let discouragement set your course of action, you are really taking the easy way out.