Is your spark flickering out? Reignite it using these simple strategies.
Your motivation is the driving force behind all of your accomplishments. It’s been your voice of reason when everyone around you doubted your plans. That’s why when you find yourself in a slump, it feels unfamiliar and discouraging.
I’ve experienced plenty of slumps both in my professional and my personal life. Those periods of feeling unmotivated and stuck aren’t lost on me. But I’ve learned how to navigate them so that I can get back to being productive. I’ve also helped other women learn to do the same. They often come to me feeling drained and even embarrassed that their progress has stalled and that they lack the motivation to move forward. Does that sound like you?
Friend, no matter how talented, smart, or creative you are, everyone experiences slumps. But by using the following strategies, you can arm yourself against them.
5 Ways To Get Motivated When You’re In A Slump
- Zero in on ONE goal. When you try to do too many things, it’s hard to get anything done. You’ll deplete your energy and your motivation right along with it. Instead, choose one goal or task at a time and commit to completing it before moving on to something else.
- Hype yourself up. I know, I know, I know! You’re excited and want to dive in on that new project NOW. But consider this: when you decide to take a vacation, you don’t just show up at the airport with a suitcase and ask for a ticket on the next departing flight. You choose a destination, you request time away from work, and you reserve a hotel room. You even shop for new clothes and other items you’ll need. As you cross each of those tasks off your vacation list, you can feel the anticipation and excitement build. Your goals work the same way!
- Make your goal visible. Post a vision board or handwritten affirmations in a spot you pass often at home, like a mirror or cabinet door. If you want to take it a step further, post it in multiple places. Get creative by using colors, words, and pictures of objects that inspire motivation. The key here is to consistently consume images and words that remind you of your goal. This helps you create a state of mindfulness. It’s much easier to stay consistent when you have a plan.
- Get support. When I decided to launch my new brand Channel Her Purpose, I enlisted the help of a brand strategist. When I decided to adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle, I had the support of my fiance, trainer, and workout associates. When I needed tools to cope with childhood trauma, I found a therapist. Start thinking about the people in your life who you can trust and lean on for support as you move towards your goals. If this is a challenge for you in your everyday life, then I suggest researching online groups in your area of interest. If you don’t have a clue where to start, click here to schedule a clarity session with me, and let’s figure it out together.
- Start small. Stop overthinking things! The “what ifs” and the “if this happens then whats” will shut you down mentally and physically before you can even think about executing the first step of your plan. If you want to start a business, for example, you might think you need a website, business cards, and thousands of dollars to start. But you don’t. Decide on a name for your business, purchase a domain, register your it and THEN you can work on developing ideas for products, services, and more.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t feel pressured to get everything done at once. Focus on completing one task at a time and hold yourself accountable. You got this!
Be sure to reply and let me know which one of these tips you’ll be using the next time you find yourself in a slump.