Have you ever heard the term ‘hitting the wall’? It’s a phenomenon that most long-distance runners have experienced: the point in the race when fatigue hits and it feels impossible to carry on.
We all come up against the wall at some point in our lives, whether it’s on the trail, at work, or in our personal lives.
The temptation when that happens is to give up, but that’s really when it’s more important than ever to keep yourself motivated to push through—otherwise you’ll never make it to the finish line.
Sometimes we need to give ourselves some time to refresh. Take a break from working to do something that you know helps you relax.
Take a hot bath, read a book, spend time with friends and family—whatever helps you get out of your head for a bit. You’ll return with fresh eyes and fresh ideas.
One of the best ways to change your perspective is to get your body moving. Getting the blood pumping with physical exercise is good for stress management, as well as mental and physical health.
Learning to build physical strength and endurance also teaches valuable lessons about mental endurance, and when you need a win there’s no better way to get one than with some exercise.
As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues.” Find someone who has succeeded in your field and examine the steps they took to get to that success. What did they do, and why did it work? What can you learn from their journey?
Examine their methodology and use it to create a plan for yourself.
It’s crucial in tackling any major undertaking that your keep your drive and commitment, and that means not losing sight of why you started in the first place.
That’s easier said than done when faced with the hard work of actually DOING it, so make sure you take some time to revisit your motivations. There was a reason you thought the effort would be worth it—let that reason give you the energy you need to keep going.
Any big endeavour can feel impossible when you face the whole thing head on. Take some time to break your big goal down into smaller goals.
Go on, get a pen and paper and break it down. Then break those goals down into small, actionable steps. Set yourself small, achievable deadlines and build in some rewards along the way.
Now you have a plan that can help sustain you when you feel tired and unmotivated—all you have to do is follow the plan, one step at a time. Simple, right?
Sometimes we get stuck trying to do the same thing over and over again with zero results. The best thing you can do when that happens is to try something new.
Get that pen and paper out again and write down whatever obstacle it is that you’re facing. Then write down every idea you can come up with on how to deal with it. Don’t hold back, throw down the craziest things you can think of. Make sure you write down at least five ideas, since the first three will usually be the ones you’ve tried already. Looking at the issue with a fresh perspective just might help you discover a new approach.
The brain is an organ just like any other, and it needs fuel (aka, food!). If you are feeling frustrated and uninspired, there’s a good chance you’re not giving your body the right nutrients and energy for what you’re asking it to do.
Take a look at your diet and start cutting out the bad stuff—that’s anything processed, sugary, or high in saturated fats. You want to focus on fresh foods, particularly fruits and vegetables (the more colourful the better), along with whole grains and lean proteins.
If you want to learn more about optimising your diet for brain function, try Tony Robbins’ 10 Day Pure Energy Challenge.
What inspires you? Where do you find beauty?
Maybe you find it in nature—go for a walk in a park, take a trip to the coast or go somewhere you can get that fresh air on your face.
Or maybe you get inspired by different cultures, languages and food. Plan a trip, or spend a day in a community nearby that you haven’t been to before. Notice the new sights, smells and sounds. If it’s art, visit a new exhibit, music, go to a concert or listen to an album from start to finish.
Whatever it is that makes you feel inspired, give yourself time to enjoy it. You never know what you might pick up.
Maybe you’ve heard of affirmations—these are simply positive statements that you repeat to yourself to help change your perspective. Mantras work the same way—they are just short, positive statements that you can use whenever you need a little boost.
They can range from simple—“Yes we can!” (Obama)—to a bit more complex—“Your past does not equal your future.” (Tony Robbins). Whatever you choose, make sure it’s short, impactful and means something to you. Then think it, say it, live it.
When all else fails, look to the experts for help. This could mean reading a book or a blog, watching some instructional videos on YouTube, or if you’re looking for a real push, try attending a seminar. There’s nothing quite like joining a room full of people who are ready to push themselves while learning from the top minds in their fields.
To help get you going, check out our upcoming seminars!