Don’t Push It!

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Yesterday I could not write for anything. No matter what I did, I could NOT string words together in useful fashion. That’s very unusual for me. I wanted to chide myself, particularly after my blog post earlier in the week about Steve Prefontaine. His immortal statement, “to give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”, pounded in my ears.

Then I realized I was just off my mark. It was just a day when I did NOT have it. I had two choices. I could push through and produce a bad blog post, or I could rest and regroup. Fortunately, I decided to rest.

I know you have goals and dreams. Many of you work hard at fulfilling those dreams. Sometimes your efforts sail along like a 747 jumbo jet on autopilot. Other times, it’s like you’re trying to row a canoe upstream in a windstorm with sore shoulders.

Let’s face it. As much as you really want to pursue your dream—and you should—there will be days when you just can’t give it your all. Or even a part of your all. You are physically and mentally exhausted. You just can’t think. Here’s what I recommend you do:

1)   Recognize those days. There is a huge difference between those days and when your lazy side wants to play rather than work. If you recognize them, you can fix them.

2)   Give yourself time to regroup. Last night I shut down my computer and watched a movie. I stopped trying to forge out word count. Today, I’m rested and back on top of my game.

3)   Take it easy on yourself. Most entrepreneurially spirited individuals push themselves to the brink of collapse every day. Most of the time that is very productive and reaps wonderful rewards. But on those days when you’re just not getting it done, take it easy. Don’t bust your chops.

4)   Have other tasks ready to do. If you really can’t think well enough to be mentally productive, you can still make an impact by doing other, less mentally demanding tasks. You could file, straighten your office, write in your journal, send emails. You’ll sill feel productive without causing your brain to explode.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help you find your own true north on those days when you just feel out of kilter.

Today’s Challenge: Write down how you can identify when you are having one of those days that your thinking energy just isn’t there. Then come up with 3-4 ways you can overcome those days.

Have you had a day like mine recently? How did you handle it? Leave a comment here and share your success with us.

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