Have you ever been through a period in your life that you had the feeling that nothing was working, that you seemed to lose direction in your career or business, that you were sinking into obligations you couldn’t handle or that you were feeling isolated since you didn’t have time to see even your closest friends? Stress, pressure, disappointment. It may seem impossible at times but there is a way out. Making small steps you can find your way again and start feeling much better. Take a look at the following 7 ways and start breaking out of the slump.
Choose one goal at a time We want to do everything and do it well. But regardless of how multi-tasking we are, precisely the fact that we are trying to do so many things at the same time, accomplish so many goals at once diminishes our energy and motivation. You can’t maintain energy and focus, the two most important factors in accomplishing a goal, if you are trying to do 2 or 3 things at the same time. You need to choose one and start working on the other when you have accomplished the first. Set priorities. Find inspiration Inspiration for me comes from the success stories of other entrepreneurs that have already achieved the things I want to do. I search Google for stories, I read other blogs, books and magazines, I talk to other professionals and learn about their success stories and every month I publish an interview on http://www.femaletouch.gr/ so you can find inspiration reading my blog as well. Start planning backwards When you know exactly what you want to achieve, I find it very helpful to visualize the end result and plan backwards toward the beginning. Also I use mind mapping to help me organize my thoughts and sketch all the steps that bring the desired outcome. Commit in public Some years ago while talking to a friend who had quit his job to start a company of his own, he revealed to me in confidence that he was having second thoughts. So I asked why he didn’t back off. “I can’t he said, I have told everybody”. If you discuss your idea with friends and acquaintances or in the social media you feel uncomfortable to back off and disappoint them. Apart from that, the more you share your thoughts the clearer the picture in your head and the more new ideas appear. At the same time telling people helps you create a network of supporters and possible collaborators which you need to encourage you every step of the way. Stick to your plan Whatever you do, don’t abandon your plan. Even if you have days that your motives “disappear” or exhaustion is all over you and disappointment is stalking, keep your course. Try to visualize your target as a flight and the ups and downs as turbulences. Begin with small, constant steps If you are having a hard time getting started it may be because you are thinking too big. For example if you want to start exercising it’s better not to think like I do “I will go to the gym 3 times a week” and I seldom manage to go once! Begin with a 10-15 minute walk, perfect if you want to do the daily shopping for the house at the same time. Do it systematically for one week and afterwards you can increase it to 20 or 30. It’s easier, makes you stick to a program, at the end of the week you feel satisfied that you made it and the result after a period of time will be amazing. Take action As I say during my marketing seminars, people love to procrastinate. Even the people who want to buy a product or service need to think it over many times until they decide to make the purchase. So the best way to make them act as soon as possible will be to push them to take immediate action giving them a “call to action”. So if you don’t activate yourself and you don’t urge yourself to take action you won’t manage to fulfill your target. If you have ever been in a slump, share with us the ways you have used to motivate yourself out of it @artepall