|Your Success Thought for the Week of July 21, 2010|
It happens to the best of you. You get into a
temporary funk. You rarely see it coming until it hits you smack in the
face and things go downhill quickly from there. You feel less in control
of your thoughts and actions than you actually are.
and personal success is in direct correlation with your inner strength.
allows you to maintaining focus and confidence when outside influences have the
opportunity to bring you down.
Here are some examples of what may knock you off balance and
into a funk.
are not feeling well, exhausted. When you are off balance physically
your mind and emotions take a hit. You overreact, take things more
personally, and make mountains out of molehills.
are in awe of people who always look on the bright side when things look
so bleak to you. Why can't you be more like them? Your self confidence
melts away in not having the ability to see what they see, to do what they
are uneasy around the opposite; people who are consumed with the negatives,
'what will go wrong next.' No matter how great you are doing, you
know they'll they fault instead of praise.
just finished negotiating a huge account or completing a gigantic project.
This 'high' is naturally followed by a period of recovery which is
uncomfortable and can easily lead to funk.
is down causing you to be down.
OK, so you've identified what brought you down, or as I like
to see it, how you gave your power away. Now how do you get it
back? How do you lift your spirits to get back in the game?
- Take a
well-deserved break. If you feel a funk emerging, separate yourself
from what's causing it. If it's another person, go for a walk.
If it's a challenging project, take a break. If it's life in
general, take a few days away.
your body with water is a fast way to feel centered, to elevate your
spirits. People in a funk often try to fulfill themselves with sugar and
junk food. Do what you know is best for your body-water, protein,
a boundary. People who only point out your faults often think they
are doing you a favor. Point out to them that you appreciate their
critique, but also need to know what you're doing right in order to learn
from both points of view.
commiserating. It's easy to find someone who is worse off than you
to make you feel better. Stop that. Instead, find someone who
is happy, doing better than you, making things happen. This is the
uplifting energy you need.
of judging others, be curious. Perhaps there is something to learn
in asking questions as: "What do they see that I don't see?" Perhaps you
can learn their thought process, seeing opportunities or obstacles before
- If all
this fails, take out a sheet of paper and write down all of the great
things in your life. Thinking of them vs. writing them down will too
quickly be replaced with 'funk'. Writing slows down your thought
process and activates both sides of your brain to gain perspective.
If you find yourself in a funk or see anyone around you in
one this week, I challenge you to put these techniques to work and step out of
that funk. Staying there can lead to
more serious problems.
Having the courage and tools to elevate your spirits
enhances your confidence and ability to get back to your productive,
successful, high achieving self.
If you are challenged with this concept of 'elevating your spirits,' begin with taking small steps. Hire one of our coaches to guide you. At GV&A, we have a variety of skilled, talented, certified coaches to serve you. It can be fun and easier than you think to attain the success you are after.
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