- Realize that it’s temporary. Slumps are, by their nature, short-lived … whether that means a few weeks, a few months or even a few years.
- Try to stay positive, while acknowledging that some self-reflection and improvement won’t kill you.
- Act with determination. Here’s what poker superstar Phil Hellmuth did when he slumped: “I made myself play really good poker. I thought: ‘It doesn’t matter if I feel like I’m in a slump now; I’m going to play really hard so that I give myself the maximum chance of winning.’”
- Get some shut-eye. Simple exhaustion causes a good number of slumps. If you’re working in a fog, you can’t do your best.
- Set goals for yourself. Make sure they’re concrete, like 100 sales calls. Another option: List your current activities. Then, list what you were doing before the slump. Comparing the lists may show that you need to go back to what you were doing in your heyday.
- Take some time to reflect … not endlessly on what you did wrong, but on something more uplifting. Example: What you’d really like to do with your life. Sometimes, disengaging can point you to a more suitable line of work.
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