The American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it.
He considered it his best work & was very proud of it. Whenever he was deeply discouraged & doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it & remind himself, "I painted that." Then his confidence & ability would come back to him. (Bits & Pieces)
According to some sources: Abraham Lincoln carried with him a newspaper clipping stating he was a great leader.
Beethoven seemed reanimated, his eyes shone, he struggled for utterance, gasped and asked his friend: “Is it not true, Hummel, that I have some talent after all?” Those were his last words. (J. Wilbur Chapman)
But Psalmist encouraged himself thus - in a way we can emulate: “Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God.” (Psalms 43:5 GW).
“When it seems as if God is far away, remind yourself that He is near. Nearness is not a matter of geography. God is everywhere. Nearness is likeness. The more we become like the Lord, the nearer He is to us.” - Warren Wiersbe.