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“Can you do it?”

“Are you sure about this?”

“You should try something else”

“You tried and failed already, just give up now maybe”

The kind of statements and questions one hears when trying something,

Especially something new.

Fueled by the words of people around,

And probably our own past experiences too.

Making us doubt ourselves.

Sounds familiar?

Yes, that’s what being discouraged is.

The best solution is to trudge on nonetheless,

With the intention

To prove to yourself more than anyone else that you can do it.

With the motivation

To become better than you were before you started off.

With the intent

To learn and grow rather than the end result of success or glory.


I’m participating in #BlogchatterA2Z and this post is the fourth one corresponding to the alphabet ‘D’. Know more about the challenge and my theme here. See you tomorrow with the next alphabet and a poem around another human emotion.

Check out the other alphabets and emotive poetry:

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14 thoughts on “Discouraged”

  1. You know what?! I had given up on A2Z. I didn’t write for two days because all these thoughts were clouding my judgement and then today even I sat down and wrote my C and D posts. I hope I don’t doubt myself anymore. Your post was motivating!

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    1. This made my day, Shalini. So so happy that my post motivated you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Please don’t give up. As I have mentioned before and will keep saying it as much as I can, I’m a fan of your creativity. So continue writing and posting please ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. More than people around us, it’s our own self-doubt that nibbles away the confidence to take up or complete the task. The pursuit of growth which includes the lessons learnt from the failures as you rightly mentioned, must be the driving force rather than the successful end.


  3. It does sound familiar. It’s important to learn to ignore such remarks.
    Reminds me of a quotation (sorry don’t know the writer): ‘At first they’ll ask why are you doing it? Later, they’ll ask, how did you do it.’
    Uplifting post.


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