Do you find that some days you feel you can take on the world and handle anything?
Then other days it’s a bit more of a struggle.
You walk around in a mild panic, feeling like you’re about to drop one of the many important balls that you’re trying to keep in the air.
I get days like that.
Pushing hard, getting things done, but feeling like I’m swimming against the current.
Like yesterday, for example, which was a super productive day…
I filmed the 2 remaining workouts for my 21 day program, then another 5 short videos on procrastination and self-evaluation…
…Coaching sessions with clients, a speaking engagement briefing call, produced some content for my groups, trained in the gym, walked the dog in the morning with my son, and sat down to dinner in the evening with my family like we always do…
But for most of the day I felt this niggling anxious sensation prodding away at me.
Yet here I am, today, back to taking on the world.
I can’t tell you what you should do when you get days like that, but I can tell you what I do to get myself mentally back on track again in the shortest possible time.
Because I don’t know about you, but it’s not much fun when your head is filled with negativity and crap about what could go wrong.
No matter how much stuff you are getting done in your life.
The first thing I do is to acknowledge what is happening.
That I’m feeling a bit wobbly, that I need to be a little kinder to myself, and that what I’m feeling right now won’t last forever.
This always makes me feel a little better right away, as it gives the problem context.
Even if I can’t in that moment see the light at the end of the tunnel, it reminds me that it’s there.
The next step is to pivot from Victim to Victor.
Do you notice how when you’re feeling a little anxious or scared you tend to focus on the problems?
This is happening, that is happening, woe is me…
Very difficult to change your situation or start to feel better when you’re in this mindset.
The easiest way to pivot from Victim mode back towards all-conquering Victor is GRATITUDE.
A few moments spent reminding yourself of what you have got makes it much harder for your mind to latch onto what’s missing.
For me, this is often enough to nudge my thinking towards solutions and away from the problems.
Don’t get me wrong, this takes practice and if you take just one thing away from this email today it should be that awareness always precedes change.
Just becoming more aware that you’re feeling a little wobbly without the expectation of change is a great starting point.
Be kind to yourself.
Cut yourself some slack.
Avoid the things that you know are going to stress you out.
Do the things that you know will make you feel calmer and more settled.
Be grateful and above all else, remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
P.S. One of the most rewarding parts of my work is getting on the phone or Skype and coaching clients to help them get more clarity, confidence and enjoyment from their lives.
Sometimes when we’re in a bit of a fog it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees, and a little guidance can go a long way.
If anything today has resonated and you feel that you would benefit from some guidance, make sure you get in touch.
I have a number of coaching spots available from next month and am looking to work with people who are ready to make some changes in their lives..