There’s something going on…
In the past five days alone, I’ve had three people tell me that they simply lack the motivation to get anything done. And, on top of that, they feel ‘yuck!’
They also told me that, at the end of each day, they feel guilty for not having accomplished much. And this only makes things worse when they think about everything that needs to be done tomorrow.
It’s very common in business owners who are working CRAZY hours..
This is how the thinking typically starts: ‘Okay. I didn’t do much today, so I’ve got to work my butt off tomorrow and if I don’t these feelings of guilt will double. This means I’ll have to work even harder the next day.’
Dangerous cycle? You bet! Let’s have a reality check:
Marketers and pharmaceutical companies will have us believe that, if we are not feeling on top of the world every day, then there is something wrong with us.
I don’t buy into it.
When your body is not feeling well, don’t argue with it – it’s trying its best to tell you something. It’s telling you to take it easy.
When your mind is not feeling in top form, don’t argue with it – it’s trying to tell you exactly the same thing: ‘Take it easy.’
I had one business owner contact me and tell me that he was feeling overwhelmed and he simply didn’t know what to do anymore.
He was making seriously good money and wasn’t working long hours, but he had noticed that his passion for the business was dwindling like a late night campfire.
This worried him immensely. He was worried that it might be the start of his demise.
I discovered that he loved to exercise, so I focused on his deep understanding of the human body to help him understand his lack of motivation.
I asked him what he would do if his body was feeling tired and almost burnt out?
He replied immediately, without any hesitation, ‘I’d simply take a few days off from exercising.’
Then I asked him, ‘If your mind was feeling tired and almost burnt out, what would you do about it?’
He said, ‘Well, I can’t just take a few days off from thinking, can I?’ ‘Of course you can!’ I replied.
You can’t take a break from thinking altogether, but you can from certain types of thinking.
I asked him if he would accept that, at this moment in his brain’s lifecycle, it was okay to let his brain rest from the need to always be feeling great and passionate about his business?
I asked him if it was ok to do that?
He said, ‘I’ve never looked at it in that way. I always thought that I had to be passionate about what I do all of the time, and that if I wasn’t, there was something wrong with my business. Or worse still, something wrong with me!’
I didn’t have to say much more than this – he got it.
He understood that high performers have highs and lows, but the key is to accept the low, not as a low, but as a rejuvenation phase, for the next burst in life.
He reported back to me a few months later, sharing with me that business and life couldn’t be better. He even welcomed the low motivation days, because they were just his brain’s way of saying, ‘Take a break, buddy, you’re trying way too hard.’
If I wake up and find myself lacking motivation, I don’t fight it. I go through my routine and write down all of my urgent and important projects for the day in my Red Day® Book (my customised project planner).
I look at that plan and, if nothing about it excites me to get to work, I simply walk away from it.
My brain needs a rest. Remember your brain is an organ, just like your heart – it can’t be working at its maximum pace all of the time.
The beauty of owning your own business is that you can call the shots with your own time. I go with the flow and end up doing some light ‘low brain work’, make social catch up calls, go for a walk along the seaside and indulge in a heavenly ice cream. They are all low-level brain activities.
You’ll be amazed how, in no time at all, you will find yourself recharged and ready to get back to work.
Remember, the brain is an organ and all our organs need a break. I didn’t say they need to stop, they just need some pampering now and then from being under constant loads.
Working longer hours is not a sign of strength – it is a sign of weakness and low confidence.
Taking quality Green DaysTM and working smarter, with shorter, impactful hours is a sign of strength and high confidence
Anything can be tackled when you are in high confidence mode. Protect your confidence at all times. Rest when you need to rest.
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