Everyone gets into a slump and even the most inspired do have their moments. If your motivation flags or you just cannot seem to muster half the zeal you had when you started a project, then perhaps these steps can help you get off that downhill drive and up back on track.
Find Out Why You Are in a Slump
The Halfway Through Syndrome
You’ve been so fired up at the beginning of your project; but midway, those little voices of doubt are starting to make more sense. Midway through the road towards your goal is the most difficult part to be in. You have to slug through the morass of self-doubt and what-ifs. Burdensome questions like “Why am I doing this?;” “Is it worth it?;” and “What have I really accomplished so far?” often drains our motivation with negative thoughts.
You need a big dose of positivity to fire you up again. Because second guessing yourself is taking a toll on your convictions, you need to remind yourself what got you into pursuing your goal in the first place. Write down that goal and the reasons why it is worth the challenge. Tape it up in places to put you on a one track mind…achieving the prize.
Physically on Low Batteries
Your slump may have nothing to do with rethinking your goal. Your body may just be exhausted so that emotionally you’re in the doldrums as well. Be honest and take a good look at what you’ve been doing. Have you been eating a balanced diet? Have you been getting enough resting hours and sleeping at the right time? Have you been sitting more than standing everyday for the past months? If you have not been taking care of yourself recently, it is no wonder that your mind does not feel up to any challenges. The mind-body connection is strong so if your physical batteries are on an all-time low, don’t be surprised if your emotional and mental energies need a recharge as well.
Tasks or obstacles out of your comfort zone can sink your confidence and start you on a boatload of negative thoughts. If you must meet the obstacle, find out how you can meet it head-on or how to deal with it in a way that will get you closer to the endgame while boosting your confidence along the way. Take your fear by the horns and do something about it because cowering and stagnation will definitely get you nowhere near your goal nor improve your self image.
Analyse your negative thoughts about your capabilities. Do these stem from other people’s comments? Were they making constructive criticisms? Do you feel that making a mistake far outweighs learning from it? Remember, we need to make a leap into the unknown sometimes because we need the experience for our wisdom and to add to our capacity of achieving our goal.
Eyeing an Unpalatable Task
Half the fun of working towards a goal is overcoming the stumbling blocks. Every time you get one over those humps, it makes you feel you have achieved something. With this in mind, get off procrastinating and on to that task you are grimacing over so you can get moving again toward your aim. For instance, if you have a weight loss plan which includes an exercise regimen, have a buddy or two to get you lacing up your shoes at the crack of dawn, even you’re no morning person yet. Then work on your early bird habits so this unpalatable task of waking up early in the morn will soon turn out to be a welcome habit.
Once you have identified your slumps, you can pick up your motivation further by…
Researching On How to Achieve that Goal
Others have probably walked your path and know what obstacles are bound to be or are already in your way. Why not get as much information as you can so you do not have to take the longer route of making too many preventable mistakes? Learning about other people’s travails while on a similar goal trek may help you manage your expectations and revise how you need to go about with your plan. Information may help you prepare emotionally and intellectually to handle common problems so that the getting there wouldn’t be so difficult as it may seem to be.
Doing Small Tasks First to Get Things Going
Still in a slump? Perhaps doing the little things first may cause the rest to follow. If your New Year’s resolution of reorganizing your entire house is leaving you feeling presently overwhelmed, why not start working on a small space first? Take mini steps before drawing out the big guns. Perhaps you can start cleaning out the kitchen counter and cabinets. Seeing these spaces clean and organized may help you feel some achievement which can fire you up for more cleaning and organizing. Pretty soon, you have got your entire place cleaned, organized, and maybe even redecorated just because you broke down your big goal into small, achievable tasks.
Every time you set out to achieve something, there will always be people or situations that will pose as impediments. Have a mindset of perseverance to minimize the times when motivation deserts you. When in a slump, fight the negativity by remembering the above tips and more. Perseverance will take you by the hand toward success.