10 Ways to Motivate Yourself out of a Slump
1. Identify the causeTake out pen and paper, yeah the old fashion tools, and get out of your head for a moment. Have an honest conversation with yourself and do your best to diagnose why you are where you are. If you are a techie and not a fan of old fashion tools, you can use mind mapping tools (I use SimpleMind, which is Free but there are many other great tools out there) to help you think through why you are feeling the way you do. As a budget entrepreneur, getting into a slump is inevitable. Some reasons are as follows:
- Goals and objectives are not clearly defined
- There is no clear plan or strategy to execute so next actions are unclear
- Lack of support and encouragement
2. Go to battle with your mind.Your mind is the single most important area you have to tackle to get out of a slump. If you don’t work to program it to take the right kind of action, you might stay in a slump for a very long time. Some ways to go to battle with your mind are:
- Read positive quotes
- Do some Exercise
- Watch Motivational videos
- Listen to Uplifting audio tapes
- Listen to Motivating songs
3. Get Positive ReinforcementPursuing goals is a journey that can get quite lonely. I know this from first hand experience. Sometimes those around you may not understand your passion well enough to give you the kind of support and encouragement you need to keep moving forward. What you need to do is find a mentor, a friend or a group that can fuel, guide and encourage you when you are least motivated. You can go to Meetup.com to find a group or search social media sites like Facebook for groups with people that support and encourage each other in your related area of interest.
4. Have a strategy and a plan:I have noticed that one of the main reasons that puts me in a state of limbo is when I am not quite clear on what the next steps are for a project I am working on. When this happens, I take a step back and brainstorm on a plan and strategy that will help clarify my next steps. I have found it helpful to attempt to answer the following questions:
- Why is this project or initiative important to me?
- What is my goal?
- What is my desired outcome after one year of working on my goal?
- What will I like to accomplish in the next 30 days?
- What do I think my strategy needs to be for me to meet my 1 year and 30 day targets?
- What weekly milestones will I shoot for?
- What are 3 most immediate next actions (no matter how small) that I can start taking right now to move things forward?