When you work out, eat better, and HURT for 4 days and you weigh more than you did when you started = discouragement. That's REAL PAIN.
I guess there is always pain before reaching the goal.
Our spiritual walk can sometimes be like this also. Feel the hurt and discouragement and then give it to God.
1 Peter 5:7-10 (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.