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Out of Desperation.

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December 8, 2006.

“Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.”
Benjamin Disraeli

There are few feelings on earth as unsettling as the overwhelming hopelessness that desperation can foster within us. If you have never experienced the frightening doom and gloom despair of quiet desperation, where hope and optimism seem all but lost, count yourself among the lucky few.

While most of us encounter difficult moments on occasion, some face a doubly difficult dilemma — trying to cope with the apprehension and anxiety a life wrought with unceasing upheaval brings. Instead of living the life they so desperately desire, they subsist in a world dominated by sheer desperation.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Henry David Thoreau

Once desperation becomes an intimidating everyday companion, fears and doubts take over, literally dominating every facet of the individual’s life and wrecking havoc at every turn. If you have ever been there or done that, you probably know the feeling all too well.

Too many good people make too many bad decisions out of desperation. After all, desperate times and desperate emotions can leave even the strongest of us feeling hopelessly boxed in. And it’s in these most distressing moments, where the pressure builds and builds until it reaches the breaking point, that far too many people give in and sadly, give out.

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”
William S. Burroughs

Rather than fight the good fight and keep plugging until the skies clear and the suns shines once again, desperation drives them to the brink… and beyond. Feeling like they’re backed into a corner with no way out and no where to turn; they ultimately give up. By doing so, they give up on their dreams, they give up on their future and, worst of all, they give up on themselves.

That’s why it’s so vitally important to get ‘out of desperation’ as quickly as possible. Rather than allow desperation to gain the upper hand, you need to quickly diffuse those feelings of desperation the minute they appear. Easy to do? No, not really. But necessary? You can bet your life on it.

“They can conquer who believe they can.”

How do you handle your quiet times of desperation? When you are down to the very end of your rope, with hope slipping further and further away by the minute, do you hold on tighter than ever before or do you say what the heck and simply let go? In short, do you conquer or do you cave?

Do you routinely cave into these feelings of despair and desperation — or do you consistently conquer them by summoning every last ounce of energy and fortitude within? The manner in which you handle desperation shows what you’re made of and even more importantly, sets the stage for victory or defeat.

Determination in the face of desperation has long been the birthplace of lasting success. By vowing to never give up or give in, even when dealing with life’s toughest of tough times, some of the greatest winners of all time have climbed back from the precipice and fashioned a lifetime of achievement in the process. And so can you.

Hey, we’ve all been down the desperation road before — and chances are good that we’ll go there again. No big deal. We can overpower life’s most desperate moments times through gritty, unwavering determination. Once you get in the healthy habit of conquering your fears and apprehensions through sheer determination, you’ll be ‘out of desperation’ before you know it. And that’s a great place to be.

The Bottom Line: You can stay out of trouble by staying out of desperation.

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