11 Ways To Find Your “More” When You’re Beat Down.

Most of the time, good ideas go stale simply because of a lack of energy.
Smart people with experience just stop finding a reason to keep putting in the effort.

That happens to all of us one time or another.

You start out with good intentions and plenty of resolve, but get knocked around and quickly find yourself drained of inspiration and energy.

Inspiration isn’t an accident. It’s a process.

Sustaining your energy and finding inspiration are a result of a focused effort by you to selectively cling to a powerful routine that feeds your soul, nurtures your body, stimulates your mind, and ignites your will.

There is always enough time in the day to accomplish what needs to get done.

Time isn’t the challenge. Your energy is. You give up too soon.

You stop looking for answers too soon.

You make excuses to soon. The only way to change that is to change your energy.

Here are a few proven ways to do that.

  1. Drink more water. — Almost 75% of business people live chronically dehydrated. You can’t think straight or stay awake for long without being adequately hydrated. Start each day with several large cups of water. Keep it up throughout the day.
  2. Start each morning with a goal for the day. — Write down one thing you can accomplish that will make the day awesome. Make sure you get that one thing done, no matter what. Imagine if you do that every day.
  3. Get up a little bit earlier. — Use that little bit of extra time to slow down, eat right, and think through what really matters for the day. You’ll act better, feel better, and do better when you’re not running late right from the beginning of the day.
  4. Cut back on eating carbs. — You lose valuable hours of daily productivity feeling sleepy and slow after you eat meals unnecessarily rich in carbohydrates and sugars. Cut back on sweet things to gain momentum throughout the day. Eat green.
  5. Set aside 10 minutes mid day to meditate. — Find a quiet spot where you can shut your eyes and slowly think about how you feel, how the day is going, or just nothing at all. It gives your brain a chance to reboot and be more creative.
  6. Be more candid in your conversations. — You can spend a lot of unnecessary emotional energy hinting at what needs to be said when direct language would solve things quickly. Be clear. Demand accountability. Move on to something else.
  7. Develop cool hobbies and interesting distractions. — No matter how tired you already are, jumping into an activity that you enjoy always rejuvenates your soul. Find time for things that inspire you, no matter how silly they might seem.
  8. Be physically active. — Whether it’s running or CrossFit, lifting weights or taking a walk during your lunch break — physical activity is the key to recharging your body and staying healthy despite stress. Try standing at your desk too.
  9. Surround yourself with people who are positive and energetic. — Passion is contagious. Surround yourself with inspired coaches, mentors, and friends who are unashamed to run full speed after the things that deeply inspire them.
  10. Recap your day by journaling. — Take a few minutes before you go to bed to write down one thing you could have improved to make the day better. Over time, you’ll see yourself developing new life skills and being more successful.
  11. Read nonfiction books about other people’s struggles. — Nothing is more inspiring than to read about the struggles other people have gone through on their journey to success. It puts your battle into context and reminds you that the stress you’re feeling is normal.

There isn’t any secret formula to staying inspired. It is a pursuit. A struggle.

A carefully protected conquest.

One thing is for sure: You won’t go far if you don’t make a focused effort to stay inspired and energetic. It’s just that simple.

The path to success demands all you have and then some “more”.

Build that “more”. Nurture that “more”. Protect that “more”.

Be awesome. One day at a time.

0 Replies to “11 Ways To Find Your “More” When You’re Beat Down.”

  1. Sleep and exercise are many times overlooked as huge drivers to the bodies overall wellness, which is directly correlated to creativity. As business leaders, these must never be forgotten or your work and output will suffer. For more sales advice check out http://cognitiveseller.com

  2. Well written. I put a lot of thoughts into these things. I can’t agree more. My favourites:

    “Write down one thing you can accomplish that will make the day awesome” – does cooking a dinner count? 🙂 I think about my home – my dad, for his whole life had a dinner served almost every single day. Now, I think that cooking should be my everyday task. But this one is so hard to accomplish. Pretty often when I come back from work, all I want to do is go to bed, read a book and make someone feed me. How the hell mom my managed this? Which leads me to this:

    “There is always enough time in the day to accomplish what needs to get done.” Even though I sometimes don’t do what I supposed to, it irritates me when people say: “there’s never enough time in a day.” Like you wrote – time isn’t challenge, energy is. Wake up 25 mintes earlier a go for a run! Or should I say: cook that dinner for later! 😉

  3. After watching the Firestarters episode you did with @MilesAustin: http://www.fillthefunnel.com/firestarters-dan-waldschmidt/I have been drinking 45 oz of water right when I get up (earlier), reading an hour of nonfiction (today was a Lady Gaga bio), reflecting on something I could’ve done better yesterday, being grateful for three things, imagining three things that would make today AWESOME, and scheduling time in the middle of my day to meditate with Headspace.
    I am a different human! Watch out! I am motivated and unstoppable! I feel great. Thank you, Dan, for so freely sharing your hard-earned wisdom!
    Love ’em UP!

  4. #6 is the one I like. I feel I come across as too aggressive sometimes. When I’m at work and get a call I want you to state the problem here is the solution. But I’m like that with things in my personal life also. Let’s figure it out, get it done.I like #11 also. My favorite book to read and reread is “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington. After reading that I have no excuses of why I can’t accomplish my goals.

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