SCENE: You are about to do something new-a necessary step along the path to your dream. Discouragement has advised you not to take the step.
YOU: Oh, encouragement!
YOU: Over here.
ENCOURAGEMENT: I thought you’d never ask
DISCOURAGEMENT: (imitating your voice) I didn’t ask. Stay over there where you belong.
YOU: No, encouragement. Come here! That was discouragement talking.
ENCOURAGEMENT: I know. Here I am.
DISCOURAGEMENT: (imitating your voice) Thank you, now go away. YOU: Don’t listen, that was discouragement again.
ENCOURAGEMENT: I’m not going – and don’t you listen to discouragement, either. You can do the thing you want to do. You know you can.
YOU: But I’m afraid.
DISCOURAGEMENT: Fear is the energy to do your best in a new situation. You’re in a new situation, so, naturally, you’re afraid. Use the energy.
YOU: Oh, right.
DISCOURAGEMENT: oh, wrong. Besides if you do it you’ll feel guilty.
YOU: But discouragement is right. I will feel guilty.
DISCOURGAMENT: You’ll feel guilty and miserable and you’ll deserve to feel guilty and miserable.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Guilt is being angry with your-self, and anger is the energy to make change. Is this new experience something that physically harms yourself or another?
YOU: no, it’s just new and different.
DISCOURAGEMENT: it’ll hurt.
DISCOURAGEMENT: It’ll hurt you emotionally. You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. It’s dangerous. It can kill you. You can have a heart attack. You can have a stroke.
ENCOURGAEMENT: Give us a break.
DISCOURGAEMENT: Never! Speaking of breaks, you might break your leg, you might break your neck…
ENCOURAGEMENT: (To You) Is this step you’re afraid to make moving you in the direction of your dreams?
ENCOURAGEMENT: Then DO IT!
DISCOURAGEMENT: There you go, advertising that lousy book again. (To YOU) You’re not worthy to do this! Who do you think you are? Do you always have to be so special?
DISCOURAGEMENT: No. I’m going to stay right here and ruin everything. It’s my job, and I love it. Even if it wasn’t my job. I’d still do it.
ENCOURAGEMENT: (To YOU) Is this a step toward your heart’s desire?
ENCOURAGEMENT: Then you’re worthy of it.
DISCOURAGEMENT: You’ll fail. YOU: Yeah, I might fail.
ENCOURAGEMENT: If you do, then you’ll learn from the failure, but I don’t think you’ll fail.
DISCOURAGEMENT: You’ll be let down. Your feelings will be hurt. You’ll feel bad, terrible, miserable, deserted.
ENCOURAGEMENT: You’ll be fine. You don’t have to respond to anything that happens to you with hurt, and, if you do, you can remember that beneath the hurt is loving. Refocus on the loving. Redirect that toward your goal.
DISCOURAGEMENT: You’ll be pissed off, furious, seething-you might have a heart attack.
YOU: Heart attack!
ENCOURAGEMENT: Use the energy of anger to make a positive change. Or change the belief you have that people should treat you in a certain way. Beneath the anger is the loving. Let that loving attack your heart. You’ll be fine.
DISCOURAGEMENT: Will not! Will not! Will not!
ENCOURAGEMENT: Give it a rest, huh?
DISCOURAGMENT: No, I won’t.
ENCOURAGEMENT: (To YOU) Shall we pull out the big guns?
DISCOURAGEMENT: No! No!
DISCOURAGEMENT: Wait! No!
YOU: I love you!
YOU: I Love You! I Love You!
DISCOURAGEMENT: Stop! Stop! You’ll have a heart attack!
YOU: I love you! I love you! I love you!
DISCOURAGEMENT: You’re crazy! I’m getting out of here. I’ll come back when you’ve settled down. (Exits)
YOU: I love you!
ENCOURAGEMENT: Okay, so let’s DO IT!
YOU: There you go, advertising that book again.