You’re checking off all the boxes, you’re crushing your goals, you’re feeling inspired, you’re motivated, you’re killing the game, and then suddenly, one day you wake up and it feels like you’ve been hit by a truck. Maybe physically, but mostly creatively. Your inspiration has tanked, your motivation is gone, and you’ve hit a wall. You’re feeling discouraged.
Anybody else get like this from time to time? If you shook your head no, I don’t believe you.
We all get discouraged from time to time, and I know we’ve all let it get the best of us at some point or another. I sure have. In fact, I did today. So far, February has been a great month. I’ve been checking off boxes as if I’ve been running a marathon (okay, maybe a 5K I’d never run a marathon) and I’ve been achieving all of my goals. But then, I woke up this morning, realized I didn’t have content planned for today, Instagram did a “clean-up” and I watched my follower count drop, I got my period (TMI?), and after a killer week, I felt discouraged.
A few things went through my mind at 7 AM this morning when this feeling hit. I had a choice to make. I could give in to discouragement, or I could use it to my advantage. And that’s exactly what I did.
So today’s post is all about how I got out of the funk, how I looked at my situation and turned it around. Today’s post is how to fight discouragement. Let’s get into it!
Remind Yourself of What You HAVE Accomplished
Make a list if you have to, my friend. What have you accomplished in your business, with your personal life, what have you achieved in your life? Both small things, and big. We’ve all achieved something. So take a few minutes and list all the things you’re proud of. Take a look at where you were a week ago, a month ago, a year ago, a decade ago. How far have you soared since then? Give yourself a pat on the back, brag a little if you have to, and write it all down, everything that comes to mind. Here’s my list:
Grown in my faith
Graduated with an associated in arts
Maintained a 4.0 GPA at AU
Grown my 4-year relationship
Grown my blog
Seek Out Inspiration
Okay, so my hope is that at this point, after writing out that little list, you’ll already be feeling some sparks of inspiration. And hopefully, you’ll be feeling pretty proud too. Now let’s take it one step further. Who inspires you? What inspires you? Take a few moments to surround yourself with those people or those things. Check out your favorite blogger’s latest post, listen to your pump-up playlist, scroll through Pinterest, read the Bible. Do whatever you do when you’re looking for inspiration, find something that sparks your interest and run with it.
When I’m feeling discouraged, when my creativity has hit rock-bottom, I love to scroll through Pinterest. Basic? Maybe. Simple? Definitely. Effective? 100%. When I’m lacking inspiration I love finding quotes that speak to me. Once I find one I really like, I run with it. What else can I say about this? How can I share this message with my followers? Ask yourself questions as soon as you see something that inspires you.
Also, I listen to praise. If Lauren Daigle doesn’t inspire you, I’ve got some questions…
Take a Break
And then, once you’re feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to tackle the world, I want you to hit pause. Wait…what? Yep, you heard me right. Now that you’re pumped up and ready to take on all the things, take a break! Let all the inspiration and motivation marinate. Go get breakfast with a friend, take a long drive, go on with your day and forget about the discouragement. There is a reason you burned out in the first place. Your body and mind need rest. So take it and use it to your advantage! And yes, that might mean skipping a social media post, that might mean skipping the laundry, it might mean you’re going to have to work a heck-of-a lot harder tomorrow at work. But you need to re-fuel. So do it. And come back stronger than ever.
Make a Tangible Plan for the Future
Alright. Now onto the really good stuff. Make a plan. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish and stick to it. But I have two rules for you to follow…
#1. Stick to a reasonable amount of tasks. Pick 3-5 things you can actually accomplish. Most of the time we add way too many items to our check lists, and then we don’t check off the boxes. In turn, the cycle starts over again and discouragement eats us up again and again. So stop doing it! Set yourself up for success!
#2. Do the easy stuff first. The dishes take 5 minutes, so do them right away. Check it off. I don’t know about you guys, but seeing that list getting shorter and shorter makes me feel really good. And, it makes me want to keep going. So finish the easy things, do them quick and move onto the bigger projects.
So how are we feeling? Good? Great? I’m feeling fantastic! How do you fight discouragement, my friend? What are your tips? Let me know in the comments below!