Joshua Gagnon

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Ep 142: Discouragement vs. Holy Discontent Pt 1

Welcome to the 142nd episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Thoughts from this episode:

Discouragement is universal.

The attack of the enemy is this: “If I can keep you discouraged long enough, I can convince you to quit.”

A discouraged leader brings down their team. The leader is the thermostat.

Differences between discouragement and holy discontent:

Discouragement: stagnant 
Holy discontent: active

Discouragement: hangs its head
Holy discontent: raises its eyebrows

Discouragement: blames 
Holy discontent: unites

Discouragement: focuses on limitations
Holy discontent: focuses on possibilities

Discouragement: brings down a team
Holy discontent: inspires a team

“Discouragement isn’t the enemy. Staying discouraged and causing it to eliminate you is the enemy.”