Are You In A Slump

Are You In A Slump? Here’s How to Re-Build Momentum.

Here's How to Re-Build Momentum if You Are in a Slump.

Being in a slump is not a sign of weakness. It can happen to even the most motivated individuals. While this is not a dangerous situation, it’s one that needs immediate attention.
If you stay in a slump for too long, inertia will set in and it’ll be a Herculean task to get started. The good news is that no matter how deep a slump you’re in, you can still claw your way back into the ‘land of the living’ and gain momentum.
This article will show you exactly how to do it…

• Why do people get into a slump?
depressionDepression, a feeling of helplessness, stagnation rather than progress, failure and a myriad of external events can take a toll on peoples’ mindsets. They may feel like what they’re doing is not working – so they stop trying to make things work.
In their mind, they’re either ‘taking a break’ or they’ve given up.
Here’s the problem with being in a slump for too long…
Once you stop doing what you used to, you’ll feel a sense of melancholy and purposelessness. Most human beings only find happiness when they’re progressing.
However, if you allow a few setbacks to detract you from your goals and allow yourself to slip into a dull unproductive routine, you’ll only make things worse for yourself.
As each day goes by, you’ll replay and relive the unpleasant events of the past (which are weighing you down in your mind) and become more negative.
You’ll sink into the doldrums until you reach a state where nothing interests you and you just go about your day like a harmless zombie.
If you’re thinking of looking for motivation to help get you out of this situation… you’ll barking up the wrong tree and be setting yourself up for failure.

The fallacy of motivation
The truth about motivation is that contrary to popular belief, it is NOT a panacea to all ills that cause people to live below their full potential.
While motivational books, seminars, audios, etc. may have some positive effect on your mood and mindset, these effects are usually fleeting at best and generally do not work.
You cannot rely on motivation to get you out of a slump. Stop looking for the next self-help book or video that will miraculously turn your life around. No such miracle exists.

• How do you begin
How Do You BeginThe first and only step you need to take to get out of a slump will be a small action towards your goals. Action dispels fear and will help you break through inertia.
Action expresses priorities and infuses courage and hope in your heart. In most motivational movies, you’ll notice that it’s only when the hero stands up and starts moving do you feel the excitement of what’s to come.
Action ALWAYS comes FIRST!
Trying to feel ‘good’ before you get started is the wrong approach.
You need to act… you need to begin… and as you progress, you will feel good knowing that you’re doing something worthwhile.
When you’re feeling down, there’s absolutely no need to take huge steps. People often get this wrong.
If they’re in a slump, they think that they need to hit the gym for an hour. No no no… that’s unnecessary. All you need to do is go for a 10-minute walk. That’s it.
This small action will not seem intimidating and can be completed in 10 minutes. The same applies to any other task or activity that you’re supposed to be doing, but have shirked for days or weeks because of the slump.
Like they say, “A man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Start small and be consistent. That’s the key to building momentum.

• Focus on marginal gains daily
Once you get started, you should aim to do just a little bit more every single day. Coming out of a slump is akin to climbing out of a deep hole. You can’t jump out of it in a single leap like some circus flea.
You’ll need to climb slowly, inch by inch, as you claw your way up with your fingertips and leverage tiny footholds in any mental crevice you can find. It’s a tough process… and that’s why you need to approach it gradually and mindfully.
Like motivational guru, Jim Rohn, used to say, “Make measurable progress in reasonable time”.
So, aim for incremental improvement rather than sweeping overnight changes.

• Adopting the ‘Seinfeld technique’
CalendarComedian, Jerry Seinfeld, had a practice where he’d have a big wall calendar for the entire year and put a big red cross on each day whenever he completed his writing task for the day.
His only goal was to keep that snaking chain of crosses from breaking. Essentially, it was about doing the same task daily and relentlessly until it became a habit.
Similarly, when you’re trying to overcome a slump and prevent procrastination, you’ll need to repeat your positive habits daily without ‘breaking the chain’. Use Seinfeld’s technique and hold yourself accountable.
When you feel like you’re down in the dumps or in a funk, applying the pointers in this article will help you more than any self-help book or video ever will.
In fact, even if you forget most of what you read in this article and just remember to take small positive actions daily and incrementally. This will almost guarantee that you beat the slump and become productive in a matter of time.
It’s ALWAYS hardest at the beginning when you’re taking your first few actions… but the more actions you take, the more momentum you’ll gain and you’ll be unstoppable in no time at all.
So take your first step today.

“It is action that creates motivation.” – Steve Backley

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