Have you noticed that some days you are flying high? That everything you do is ‘on purpose’, feels directed and meaningful?
Then other days you are not quite on it? You get side- tracked by other things and your day runs away with you? You feel less directed towards what is meaningful and ‘on purpose’ for you?
And sometimes your heart just isn’t in the game that day or your mind won’t focus on what is really important to do at that time?
On days like these it feels like you have taken two steps forward only to find you are right back where you started? Isn’t that right?
Well let me tell you this is not the case. If you have made strides forwards towards your goals those steps can never be lost or taken back. How you are feeling in this moment may be very different to yesterday or even this morning, but that does not mean you have taken a back step. You feel different is all! And there is learning and growing in managing that shift with skill and compassion.
These shifts in our feelings as a human creature can be seen most clearly in sport. I am a fan of tennis and I marvel how the tide of a match can be so firmly with one player. They cannot put a foot wrong……. and then something switches. Suddenly the ball starts going long or wide, it erodes the player’s confidence and then the other player is in control and dictating the match. You see it in both individual sports and team sports.
So here are some tips for those days or moments when you are ‘off your stroke’ or just not ‘feeling’ it:
1. Remember what to focus on and focus on it. It is easy to get caught up in what is NOT working rather than focussing on your life purpose or your specific goal or target. Yes, issues must be addressed and can be in the context of your bigger plan.
2. Stick to the basics. You know what works. Go with what you know to be effective. Very often the simple stuff gets forgotten in the larger plan. If you are new to an arena then learn the basics and keep doing them.
3. It’s not about perfection. It’s about excellence. Be as excellent as you can be today and may be recruit assistance if you feel you need it. Feeling a little low or under par is normal for all of us at times. Consistently striving for excellence means your base line performance rises over time. Perhaps building a team of people around you can off- set these inevitable times.
4. You’re having a bad day? May be look at that? Take a look at why you are feeling what you’re feeling? You may find learning in that and that may be the inspiration for your next step forward.
5. Breath deep and take stock. Reflect and review and see if you have missed something. Did you prepare well enough? Is there something going on at home that you cannot shake? Is there an health issue? Be honest with your self and address with compassion whatever comes up.
6. Always keep learning. One of the sayings from a great martial arts teacher was ‘You are always training for the fight you cannot win yet.’ There is always a situation that is too challenging for you to deal with in an excellent manner. Great! There is more to learn and experience to gather. It will continually make you better at what you are dedicated to.
7. You have come so far. Look back at where you were 6 months ago, a year. If you keep a diary or journal, look back at the hard times of the past or simply reflect on where you were and understand you have grown so much. There is always further to go, more to learn, more potential to uncover and realise.
Over to you
What do you do if you are having a difficult day? How do you shake it off and rally your self? Do you let your self run with the funk or do you carry on regardless? I’d love to hear from you and build a resource of on- line wisdom that allows people to tap in to their true potential.
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