Updated: Sep 22, 2019
Have you ever been afraid that you've made a mistake? Me too! This morning!
I woke up in panic mode! Overnight I dreamed of a recent decision I'd made and woke up to an overwhelming sense of dread, confident that I'd made a wrong decision and that total disaster was unavoidable. Panic-stricken and adrenaline coursing through your veins are not how the gurus tell you to start the day, but this is the real world, and stuff happens (Gary V would be very disappointed).
Knowing I couldn't continue the day in this mental state, I went to my toolbox; a metaphor for a series of strategies I developed early in my career to helping during times of mental crisis or fatigue. Acting on these strategies helps me to get my head aligned properly and quickly get back in the game. Here's what's in my toolbox.
1. A walk of gratitude.
I take a daily walk when I rehearse all I am thankful for and recount all the blessings in my life. I explain it further in the post Want to Improve Your Life?
Getting your body in motion enhances your mood and attitude. It doesn't matter if it's yoga,
Weight training, bicycling, jumping jacks, or walking at lunch. The point is to get moving.
3. Eat Healthy Food.
In crisis mode, most of us want pizzas, burgers, beer, and ice cream, lots of it, but you must resist this urge. Eating poorly only compounds the issue adding feelings of disgust and guilt to an already fragile psyche. Put proper fuel in your body. You owe it to yourself to eat nutritional food and make sure you drink plenty of water.
4. Put on your best clothes.
Get showered, groomed, and dress for success. Don't allow fear, discouragement or panic, to control you. Look fabulous. Feel Fabulous.
5. Get to work.
No Netflix! Not today. Finish a project, make sales calls, do the work. Push back against those negative feelings by making something positive happen. Even a little win is a win.
We will all hit mental walls from time to time and having a planned strategy to deal with those times separate the pros from the amateurs. These 5 strategies work for me and hopefully will help you too, but I encourage you to put together your toolbox of strategies to get you out of a funk quickly and consistently?
Let me know what works for you.