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How to Get Out of That Funk

Finding yourself in a funk

Finding yourself in a funk

From time to time, we may find ourselves in a funk where we experience an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt.

Slouching, rounding shoulders, shallow breaths, frowns, and sighs can make you feel down. To change your emotional state, often all that's necessary is to change your physiology.

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Finding yourself in a funk

From time to time, we may find ourselves in a funk where we experience an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt.

Slouching, rounding shoulders, shallow breaths, frowns, and sighs can make you feel down. To change your emotional state, often all that's necessary is to change your physiology.

Boost your mood

We can change our emotional state by focusing on our physiology rather than our emotions. Using the following tricks can give you energy and an emotional boost to stay productive.

  • Put on some upbeat music.
  • Stand up and stretch. Try to reach the ceiling. Get on your tippy-toes.
  • Take several deep breaths. Oxygenating the blood make you more alert and awake.
  • Get your body moving. The more vigorous you can move, the better. Go for a run, a bicycle ride, or simply a walk outdoors. If you do it for long enough, your brain will release endorphins that elevate your mood.
  • Focus on the positive. Think positive thoughts. Give thanks for what you have rather than complaining about what you don't.

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The Law of Diminishing Intent

The Law of Diminishing Intent

It states that the longer you postpone taking action, the less likely you will be to take it.

Jim Rohn originally noticed this phenomenon and coined the term.

The LEAP Principle

To counteract it the Law of Diminishing Intent, use the LEAP Principle, which states that you should never leave the scene of clarity without taking decisive action.

Taking a big LEAP

  • Lean into the change with confidence, especially if you are aware of the fact that a change is desirable or necessary.
  • Engage with the concept until you have a fair image about it. Work with it until you’ve got a sense of what to do.
  • Activate and do something. Don't wait until you feel you have all the information.
  • Pounce and do it now. Once you’ve determined your next step, take it.

Consistency over intensity

Consistency over intensity

Some business coaches advise their clients to focus on taking massive action in order to get results.

While intensity may help occasionally, it's usually better to focus on consiste...

Focus on consistency

If you have a goal of writing a book, and you focus on intensity, you may lock yourself away for thirty days, and write eight hours a day. It will require a huge block of dedicated time and lots of motivation.

  • Instead of writing a 50,000-word book in thirty days, write 500 words a day for 100 days.
  • Instead of going on a two-week fast to get in better shape, eliminate sugar and processed carbs from your diet.
  • Instead of waiting to start your business until you've quit your job, set aside three hours a week and start a side gig.

The intensity approach is more dramatic but slow and steady wins the race.

Steps you can use to employ consistency

  • Get clear on your goal.
  • Identify the right behavior. (i.e., a habit).
  • Track your progress. Create a recurring task in your task manager to reinforce the habit.
  • Enlist an accountability partner. It could be someone who wants to achieve the same goal, a coach, or just a friend who is willing to support you.

Bad at delegating

Bad at delegating

There is a situation where your manager will assign you a project but not give enough instruction, hoping you will just figure it out. When the project is mostly completed, your manager may finally...

Leaving out the guesswork

Your manager may not put in the effort up front to articulate the expectations she/he has so that you're on the same page from the start. It may leave you guessing what successful completion might look like, and then frustrate you both when you think wrong.

To be fair, at a certain level of seniority, it becomes more reasonable for a manager to expect you to know what you're doing and work out the details by yourself. But even then, a good manager knows when to invest the time to get more aligned on those things.

Dealing with a lack of direction

  • Name the issue. Your manager might already be aware of the problem.
  • If your boss wants you to take more ownership, you can say that you want to take more ownership for your projects but that you want to do so with confidence knowing what she/he is envisioning.
  • You may have to draw those details out of your boss with each new assignment.
  • Once you get started on the work, consider giving an early view of your work to your manager, to have a chance to be provided with input early on.
  • It may take a few rounds to figure out exactly what something should be.