Hello from the beautiful state of California.
It’s been a minute since I’ve written out a life update post and I thought it was a good time to share.
Truthfully, my lack of posting was due to the fact that I was feeling pretty low at this point of my freelancing career.
I felt like I should be at a different place by this point, and that times were getting stressful with the busy-ness of wedding season.
Those things, paired with finding out a few exciting projects fell through ultimately had me getting the best of myself in the worst way possible.
I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself that these moments happen to us all and the most we can do is get over the hump with a positive attitude.
Here are my top 5 ways that you can kick your own ass when you’re stuck in a funk:
1. Remind yourself that what goes up, must come down.
Any big business has good quarterly reports and bad ones, so why would my tiny little blog be an exception? There are ebbs and flows to everything we do in life, love and business and the important thing to do is keep going. If you feel like things have sloped down, the only way it can go is up, right? This too shall pass, and there’s no positivity in passing the time down in the dumps.
2. Stick to the long-term game plan.
Again, like a big business, you have to stick to the end game. Lost an exciting contract? Reach out to similar brands or start brainstorming on the next month’s ideas. In the words of our Canadian Great One, Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Just because you missed a few shots that you tried, you’re never going to make another one if you quit.
3. Go through the motions even if it’s crap.
You know those days that you don’t want to go to the gym, but you do it anyway? You kind of have to take the same approach to your business. Consistency is key and this is something I preach til I’m blue in the face yet I went through a period where I didn’t take my own advice. It’s like in the movie, Set It Up, when Zooey Deutsch’s roommate tells her to just write something shitty to have written something at all (versus not doing it). Nothing in life is enjoyable always and you have to do it anyway, especially when you’re doing it for yourself – because nobody else will pick up the slack.
4. Google motivational quotes.
I know this one sounds a bit cheesy but I promise you it helps. You truly just have to surround yourself with positive words and lessons until it’s drilled in to your head that it’s going to work out. One of my favorite quotes that I overheard on a recent panel was, “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” I overheard it at a time in my life when I was really down on myself about being a failure and it just sealed the deal for me that I’d never win if I continued to give up.
5. Remember why you started and visualize your success.
Like the motivational quotes, you need to remind yourself why you started and visualize yourself in a place of success. Athletes do this all of the time – before a big game or competition and so do some of the highest paid professional and public speakers in the world. It’s a common practice and it truly is a practice. You have to work on it and continue to see yourself achieving your goals because that’s the only way you’ll stick to your beliefs that you can do it.
And you CAN DO IT. We all can – it takes work, and it won’t always be easy but it is POSSIBLE.
This is my reminder to you and me and it’ll keep us accountable even on those bad days.
What tips do you have when you’re dealing with a slump?