How to get yourself out of a slump
How do you get yourself out of a slump?
Do you ever feel unmotivated, uninspired, or apathetic at work?
If so, these feelings will likely prevent you from showing up your best and taking the required actions which will drive positive results.
Even top performers go through ups and downs, and it’s important to understand why so you can adjust quickly and get back up.
Here are common sources of why sales professionals sometimes feel unmotivated:
1. Burnout – this occurs when one is running very hard over a long period of time, and/or neglecting their health, sleep, or self-care in the process, leading to physical symptoms like being tired and lethargic
2. High stress – stress floods the brain with cortisol, which can make us feel anxious, irritable, or depressed. Response to these feelings is often to retreat, escape, or do things to feel immediately better in that moment.
3. Disconnection with a greater purpose – when we don’t know the deeper reason behind why we are doing what we are doing, it’s easy to check out and say “what’s the point of trying so hard”
4. Boredom – human beings crave variety, and doing the same thing over and over again can often feel draining and taxing to the mind and impact general motivation
5. Difficulty – when something feels really hard, daunting and overwhelming, some people respond by reverting back to their comfort zone and doing what’s familiar, rather than stepping up to tackle the challenge at hand
Regardless of the reason, being unmotivated is often a source of many peoples poor results, and it’s critical to take actions which lead to higher motivation and getting to an “ALL IN” state.
Here are some strategies that I’ve started deploying which have had an immediate, positive impact on my mental health, motivation, and energy level after having an off week:
1. Start with Why: write down a personal mission statement which reminds you of why it’s critical to show up your best every day. Here’s mine:
Personal Mission Statement
“Every day I give it my all, because when I’m all in I feel my best, inspire others to do their best, and continue to provide a dream life for my family. Giving my all means doing the hard things first, staying focused, and serving others with everything I have.”
2. Positive affirmations – repeat your personal mission statement before starting work in the morning, and whenever you feel disconnected at work
3. Morning Exercise – starting the day off with a workout will clear your mind and give you an immediate win
4. Gratitude journal – write down what you are grateful for each morning. The 5 minute journal is a great place to start
5. Connection and sharing – open up to your spouse, best friend, or family about how you’ve been feeling. Often times just getting it out of your head is a great way to release what’s bottled up
In todays video, I break down each of these strategies in detail.