6 Tips To Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Down

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How do you get out of a slump? Read this.

Said Zig Ziglar, “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

The key to harnessing your emotions is understanding them. The natural pattern of human emotion is peaks and valleys. When we start a new project we’re filled with tremendous optimism. All we can think about is the expected benefits, and since we haven’t started yet, we aren’t aware of the difficulties involved. This natural high causes a surge of mental and physical activity. The peak is a great thing because the energy boost gets projects off the ground. If you’re a creative type like me, you know that this period is euphoric. You feel like nothing can stop you. To get and stay motivated try this.

Be Prepared for a Letdown

Emotions, by nature, lose their power when we understand them. Prove this to yourself. Next time you get angry, take a moment to reflect on the reason behind the emotion.

Don’t indulge in negativity, step back and analyze. Look at the causes.

Know a lack of success is perfectly normal.

Realize optimism can give way to depression if you focus on impending doom.

Reevaluate Your Strategy and Motivation

Be careful of the dark shadows of pessimism. They dance between reality and fear.

Be pragmatic. Admit where things stand. However, do not bathe in self pity. Rise up and brush yourself off.

Excerpted from Pick your brain


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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