Even the most motivated, most successful, most ambitious folks have bad days. Some have really bad days.
Its not uncommon for we mere mortals to be scared, angry, depressed or concerned.
And it’s not uncommon to “hit bottom.”
You know that feeling, that’s when things seem hopeless. When nothing seems to make you feel better. When nothing seems to be a decent remedy or pacifier.
Here is the problem with absolute bottom, it becomes an endless loop of awful if you let it.
Absolute bottom makes you feel like nothing you do is valuable. And when you feel that way, you stop trying to do things that are valuable. And when you stop trying, things can’t get better. And when things can’t get better…you are at absolute bottom.
Since we can agree neither that a can of spinach or a glowing unicorn will magically appear and suddenly give you strength and stamina. What can we do when we hit absolute bottom?
- Acknowledge It – Denial is for dummies. You have to feel the bottom so you can plant your feel on it and rebound back it. This is not an all day or all week affair. It’s a moment of clarity. “Things suck right now,” followed by “I am done feeling this way.”
- What Could Help? – Certainly you are feeling deprived of strength and ambition at the moment, so think about what could help the situation. You could make more calls. You could find a mentor who’s been in the same situation. You could eat less junk food and watch less TV. You could call your favorite relative and ask if they want to take you to Disneyland. Well, you could.
- Small Victories – It’s hard enough to hit a home run, even harder when you feel like you’ve hit bottom. If you swing for the fences “now”, you’ll like miss. You just aren’t ready, and the last thing you need is another failure. So aim smaller. Get a meeting instead of a sale. Get a small sale instead of a large one. Go to the gym for an hour instead of trying to lose 15 pounds this week.
- Misery Loves Company – So surround yourself with people who can sincerely lift your spirits. And I don’t mean the aunt who always tells you how wonderful you are. I mean colleagues and co-workers who know your pain and know how to work through it.
- Repetition – These steps may not change your situation or attitude overnight, but by repeating them you create a pattern, and having a pattern of good company and small victories leaves minimal room for bad karma and more failure. Create an airtight safe haven while you heal.
- We All Hit Bottom – You are not a failure, are not worthless and you are not trapped forever at absolute bottom. The biggest and the best have been at Bottom, so you are in good company. The victory is not in “not getting knocked down” but rather how many times you get back up.
Welcome to the bottom.
Now, let’s join together and pick ourselves back up.
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