‘When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.’ ~ Dr. Seuss
So you’ve tried it all, motivational tapes, books, mentoring and even some new age healing and you still find yourself stuck.
It happens to the best of us. Everything’s going smoothly with life until ‘BAM!’ our progress hits the wall and comes to a crashing halt. We become wracked with self-doubt, frustration and tempted to binge watch The Facts of Life reruns – anything to avoid facing the fact that we are in a slump.
Being stuck is no fun. It’s frustrating. It’s discouraging. It’s hard to feel motivated. Sometimes we’re so deep in a rut that simply thinking about changing feels overwhelming.
But what if your slump is trying to tell you something. Maybe it’s a messenger in disguise whispering to you it’s time to make a change. Is it time for you to chart a new course for a more fulfilling future?
Here are a few suggestions to help restore your vitality, revitalize your sense of purpose, re-light your fire, and get you back on course.
- Run away! Okay, don’t run away, but when things are going wrong or have come to a sudden stop it may be time to put the situation that’s creating the slump in your rearview mirror. Putting some distance between yourself and the situation can create a fresh perspective, help you recharge, and allow you to sort out your feelings.
- Identify the things that pushed you into your slump. Time to answer some tough questions: Am I trying too hard? Am I comparing myself to others? Am I too judgmental of myself? Is my life consistent with my values or have I compromised too much? Have I outgrown my current life?
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Too much work dries up the creative juices. When’s the last time you rode your bike, hung around with friends, read something for the sheer pleasure, or did absolutely nothing? Maybe it’s time to create some fun and excitement.
If overwork or overstimulation got you into your rut the best way out is to take it slow. As the saying goes, ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’ so pace yourself.
What one action can you take right now to help ‘un-slump’ yourself and relight your fire?