Coming up for air – Motivation when your mood hits rock bottom.

Ok, hands up, I have neglected my blog, sorry about that. So here’s why. It’s brutally honest and open but you know what, I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who gets motivation zapped, so I’ll tell you what happened and how I wriggled out of it.

First of all, in the lead up to the school holidays I was faced with a big decision that occupied my mind, I’ll tell you what it was next week, but it devoured my time and head space and yet I still struggled to make the decision. Before I knew it, the summer holidays were like – what? THIS Friday!

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I raced to my diary (yes I am one of those people that still loves her handwritten colourful masterpiece of appointments) to confirm that I didn’t have to worry, that I had another week. But no! The summer holidays really started in just three days. Panic. You guessed it, as I struggled with the family mum stuff of getting clothes that still fit your family, suncream, maps and such like, I did not plan for the six week break.

I had my ipad with me on holiday but every moment I found myself sneaking a look at business stuff I felt guilty and at some point I just shrugged my shoulders (or soldiers as my son used to say) and go with the flow.

So we got back three weeks ago and still no regular blog. What a slacker!

I was riddled with guilt on the one hand, after all consistency is the name of the game I keep hearing. On the other hand I am too pragmatic to write any old nonsense just for the sake of keeping to a schedule. So I missed my self imposed deadline. Sorry.

Anyway just now I came across a list of things to do if your motivation has taken a hike and it was just too good not to share. It’s not revolutionary, or new, but it is written in a clear, easy way that is fast to grasp and makes total sense. But wait.

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This week I made a conscious effort to snap out of it.  I have started every day by drinking a huge pint of water. I have also been nordic walking 3 times this week and check this out.  Yesterday, drum roll, I took the morning off for some much needed ‘me’ time. Initially it felt enormously self indulgent and I had plenty to be doing but retail therapy helped. I went to the shops, without the men in my life bugging me, showing me stuff, asking questions or complaining about how hungry they are, that in itself was bliss. I b r o w s ed (go slow shopping). I treated myself to a gorgeous scarf, went to a cafe to chill with my book and it felt great. That was 3/10.

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10 Easy Wins to Keep You Motivated When You’re Tempted to Quit

So here it is, hope you’ll be inspired by it as much as I was, because there are two things I hate more than anything in life, that’s being all flaky or overwhelmed and being ill.

So here is Craig Boneau’s post from Addicted to Success…
http://bit.ly/MotivationalZappers

I’ll see you on Thursday to tell you all about my big decision and in the meantime feel free to catch up with me on twitter @CocoInternomad or on facebook at Professional English for Women in Technology and the Media.

PS: The editing in this is not perfect because I needed a quick success burst to get me back on track. Remember that it’s ok to find a workaround from time to time. Forgive me for I have failed, but learned from my mistakes. Isn’t that just one of the coolest things of being a female entrepreneur?

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