MoHow Posted By: Dr. MO There are times when we feel down…that’s normal. It comes with the territory called “being alive”. And in that territory life is like a wave, and just like any wave, it has both crests (highs) and troughs (lows). The fact is that there has never been, and there will never be, a wave that does not have a top and bottom, an up and a down.
Sometimes, you may feel so low that you think that “being up” or “feeling up” again is impossible. If you do, you are not alone…we’ve all thought this thought. It’s a powerful, inaccurate, and potentially devastating thought that can lead to chronic depression when not addressed skillfully…
In today’s post I am sharing 5 ways that I use to successfully power my way up and out of the place called “down”. By using these strategies I’ve learned to create and regain MOmentum, motivate myself, and feel much better. Tomorrow I will share 5 more.
Here are 5 ways to pick yourself up and get yourself going:
1. Remember that Down Is Temporary. Remember that every coin has two sides and just because you’re experiencing the down side, that does not mean there isn’t an upside too. When your MOmentum and motivation are low, decide to invest energy and you will change your situation. Go out for a walk when you say you can’t. Make a call when you say you are too tired. You’ll soon discover that your MO and go will return.
2. Take One Small Step. Any change can begin with one small step. Often, we keep ourselves stuck in a rut by thinking that in order to feel better, we have to accomplish something huge. Take a small step and repeat with it small increments and increases. The benefits will grow and so will your MOmentum.
If you’re low and want to be more fit, start off by doing a couple of minutes of exercise. Repeat this daily for a week. Then, increase the amount of exercise by five minutes a day each week for a month. Soon, you will be doing over 20 minutes of exercise a day. You will feel better, change “down” to “up” and build your MOmentum.
3. Focus on a Single Goal. Sometimes when I feel low, it’s because I’ve taken on too much and have not been able to keep up with all the projects I have on the go. The result is that I feel overwhelmed and tired. It’s as if I’ve broken the camel’s back by trying to carry too many straws. It’s an all-too-common problem…
Here’s a powerful solution: Choose a single project or goal to focus on. Do that one and do it well. You will soon find that you have time and energy to move on to others when you regain your accomplishment energy and motivation.
4. Ask for Help. When you are feeling low, reach out. We are like batteries…sometimes we can give a charge to ourselves and others, sometimes we need a charge. Get the help of friends and family. Get it from your inner circle or seek it online. Write me…ask me for support.
5. Practice MOmentum Thinking. When you are feeling down, you are “thinking down” and it is your down thinking that’s the real cause of your down feeling. To improve your situation, begin to track your thoughts. Listen to what you are saying to yourself. It’s your negative thoughts that are stopping you and keeping you stuck.
Use disputation skills to counter these thoughts and regain your MOmentum. Replace “I can’t do it!” with “Just watch!” Change your thoughts and you’ll change your motivation and outcomes. A great way to do this is by learning the MOmentum Mind Thinking method.
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