Help! I’ve fallen down, and I can’t figure out how to get myself back up!
It happens to even the most enthusiastic, organized, devoted people in this world. In spite of your very best efforts, you have lost your way, and you are completely off your game. It can happen in a variety of ways. You get sick, you take a vacation, there is a lull in your personal life or you have so many different things going at once that you can’t seem to take care of anything.
What the worse part is, you aren’t really motivated to get started again. You go into your office, you stare at the pile of work, the article you meant to write, the phone calls you know you need to make and it all looks so overwhelming. Most of us just half- heartedly begin with something and then quit early and feel lousy about ourselves. Here are some ways to get yourself back in the groove, excited, and ready to tackle your life again.
Admitting you are unmotivated and don’t know where to begin is OK
Sometimes admitting that we feel negative about our life can move the huge blocks stopping us. Everyone loses themselves sometimes, why not you? You are human and constant effort with no break or slow down is just unrealistic. Make a mental note that this is going to happen from time to time in your life and that you will have strategies for dealing with it the next time it happens. And it WILL happen. I guarantee this is not the one and only time you will feel overwhelmed.
Talk to someone about how you are feeling
the mere act of getting a trusted friend or confidant to listen to you in your time of distress, can sometimes break that mental block. People, who care about us, have this unique way of seeing the bigger picture. They can help us when we can’t seem to see past all we have going on. Don’t be afraid to confide in someone you trust, and get their assessment of the situation. Often times, your worries are so much less, than you realize.
Review the “why”
Take time to remember why you have the goals you do. Go back to the beginning when you were planning how this would be a way for you to express your creativity, be your own boss, and make a difference in the world. Whatever it was, get back there and relive those memories of excitement, hope and anticipation. Remember that the world needs you and what you have to contribute. You are valuable and whatever service you provide, is needed.
Do the “one” thing you know will have the most powerful effect on your being
Close the door, sit down at your desk or computer, turn off the phone and look at your planner and list of things to do. You know that there is ONE thing that if you do it, will make a huge difference to getting you back on track. Pick the smallest, easiest thing that will make the most impact. Set a timer if you need to, but begin to work on that one thing. Make the decision about what is important and then move on it. This is the most motivating action you can do.
Just do SOMETHING! ANYTHING!
Pick up a piece of paper, answer one email, write one note or make one phone call. Sometimes, just getting ourselves into motion can help us overcome the place of being stuck. Then do something else, then something else, and acknowledge yourself for getting into action and getting even the littlest task completed. Show yourself some respect. After all you are the BEST cheerleader you got right now.
You don’t need to be overly concerned about these dips in motivation. I, myself have been going through one lately and am working my way through it gradually. You know how? With this first blog post about getting your fire back. Just writing these words have helped me a bit. I hope you find them motivating too. God bless <3
Written By: Debra A DeVita
May 2nd 2012
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