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How to Encourage Yourself (Part I)

You know the worst part about being upset and discouraged? Having no one, and I mean absolutely no one, to cheer you up.

I developed a few techniques within the past year on encouraging myself. And I thought you’d be interested in learning how you, too, can do the same.




This may be foreign to you, but your memory can be used to encourage yourself. When you’re discouraged from achieving something the “memory encouragement” technique can be extremely effective. Often times, recalling our past successes empower us to achieve future ones.

Young David used a “memory encouragement” before he approached Goliath:

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

–1 Samuel 17:33-37

This is a great technique David used in encouraging himself when he was put down. Did you catch Saul’s words in verse 33? He plainly told David, “You are not able.” How discouraging is that to hear?

However, David wasn’t dismayed. He reached into his memory box and said I accomplished this, I accomplished that, I overcame this circumstance and because I did, I can and will achieve the next goal.

When you’re upset, try recalling the positive things you have accomplished and the experiences in which you had joy. Don’t allow your past success to become just a memory. Let them be an encouragement for your present and future.

Tomorrow I’ll be continuing this series with “How to Encourage Yourself Part II”. You can subscribe below to have the series emailed to you or share this message with others using the “Tweet” and “Facebook” buttons.  

I’d also love to know your feedback on this. Do you use memorable moments to uplift yourself? 





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