Pushing Through A Slump
I’m sure most of you know a serial-motivator. The kind of person that no matter what, always seems to be ready to roll. They also have the uncanny knack of being able to deal with all the punches life throws at them. Especially the uppercuts. But even the most motivated, focussed, and driven of people hit a slump. So what do they do differently to re-energise themselves and reclaim their get up and go? How about we start with what they don’t do.
Key point #1. Cut through your crap and get to the core, quickly.
What they don’t do is take something simple and turn it into something long-winded and complicated. There’s enough crap surrounding you and your slump mood as it is. Why over-analyse and create even more mind clutter and confusion? It’s your world, stop over-thinking it.
Key point #2. Take charge, accept what is, and resolve to alter it.
Another trait such people have is the ability to take responsibility. Yes you may very well be suffering the after-effects of a recent “bad mood” attack. But it’s gone now and so too should the residual imprint left by your reaction to it. It’s your mindset, own it, and change it. That’s what taking responsibility is all about.
Key point #3. Slumps don’t move unless you do.
Getting your motivation back isn’t easy, so stop wishing it should be. Serial motivator’s know the value of their own hard work, they know that results require effort. Sometimes your effort is required in far greater portions. Well, it happens. Slumps feel like that. But are you happy being unhappy or are you going to pull your finger out and make a change?
Key point #4. Daily exercise. Walk to the bus, or take the stairs instead of the lift.
Serial motivators are always exercising. Their daily routines involve the health benefits of movement, and no I’m not talking about number two’s. Walking, running, gym or yoga. There’s something in their day that exercises the body and/or the mind.
Key point #5. Mindset by association. You’re influenced by who you hang out with.
Associate with people who lift you. Surely you have heard the saying that it’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys? That saying should become its own religion I reckon. If you hang around people who keep you down and leave you feeling like you can never break free of your slump, well guess what? You’ll never break free of your slump until you break free of them.
Key point #6. Mistakes are mandatory, learning from them is optional.
Accept you may not succeed, and that you WILL make mistakes. When you’re in a slump because your plans seemed to all fall in a heap, know that your heap is recoverable. You fell over your hurdles, you didn’t fall into an abyss. Look up and see the light at the edge of your crater because I guarantee you there is light to be seen. Learn and take the lesson with you into your future.
My last observation for you is probably the most brutally honest of all, and the one you and I will struggle with more often than not. Back yourself, trust yourself, tell yourself “I can do this.” Inject some faith into your actions and your slump won’t stand a chance. Every time you get back up on the horse, that horse learns to behave and go in the direction you want. And you have the added bonus of learning to become a better rider. Slumps are what slumps are, but giving in to them because you’ve been kicked off one too many times is unlikely to get you closer to your goals. Trust yourself and try again, because you and I both know the only thing we gain from doing nothing, is nothing.
Originally published at theshiftinitiator.com on May 26, 2015.