I remember a few years ago during a weekend getaway, we decided to go for a morning hike to reach the signal towers for the local television channel.
It did not take long for me to realize the hike would be a challenge.
As I continued with the trek, I made a few stops to rest as I was growing tired.
In one of those rest, I hear a buzzing sound and discover a swarm of bumblebees on the path, directly in front of me.
My husband now at the top of the hill waves and informs me he can see the towers.
What do I do? Should I go in the opposite direction of the swarm, get off the trail, hide or go back down?
I decided to pull the jacket I was wearing over my head and continue the trail to the top of the hill, walking through the swarm and leaving the bumblebees behind.
I made it to the top of the mountain.
How often do you find yourself ready to give up, because of a distraction that showed up right before you completed your goal?
It has been noted that some people do give up just before reaching their mark. If only they push through the swarm, they will make it.
Discouragement comes in many varieties, and it happens before, during and after you reach your goal. Discouragement wants you to turn around and go back down the mountain.
Discouragement will say what you are doing is a struggle.
What it will not say is who you become during the process.
If you tire with your hike, it is perfectly fine to take a rest.
Don´t stay there for very long.
What is more important is for you to stay on track and not lose sight of the plans, goals, and dreams that you have set before you.
What are your goals, dreams, visions, and plans? Has discouragement crept in, telling you it´s not worth it, it´s too difficult, you will never make, why try?
You may need to put your jacket over your head to block those distractions, and focus on the mountain peak in front of you.
Don´t give up.
When you block them out, you will find yourself on top of that mountain, ready to tackle your next goal.