Be The Change

We all hit ruts. Sometimes those ruts are just a slow point in the day, and sometimes they feel like they’re dragging on for weeks at a time. You know what it’s like – your mind feels a little bit like jelly and you get overwhelmed by tiredness.

When you’re feeling like that, what do you do? Take it easy? Or take charge?

It sounds like an easy one to answer, but when you’ve been working hard all day and your mind is tired it becomes a much more difficult question. Here’s some advice from others to help motivate you through that rut.

Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” – Mark Cuban. When you’re stuck in a rut, hoping that maybe if you just take it easy the rut will go away, remember that someone else out there has decided that they will take charge and work harder to get out of their funk. Keep up with them, work as hard as them, work through your negative mindset and you’ll find your success.

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller. Taking it easy can become our default because it is comfortable and secure. Taking on the next task can be a leap of faith, but without taking that leap you can’t expect to gain any more than you already have.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell. When you sit around waiting for inspiration to magically return to you, you’re wasting your potential. While you may think there is little to be accomplished when you don’t really feel like accomplishing anything, you’re actually creating a negative feedback loop. You feel like you can’t accomplish anything, so you don’t accomplish anything. You can hang out waiting for your rut to end, or you can immerse yourself in your work despite how you’re feeling. Simply getting on with things will often replace a negative feedback loop with a positive one. Like putting a smile on your face actually makes you feel better.

If you want to see a change in your work life, you’re the only one who can make it happen. It won’t happen all by itself. So you can take it easy, or you can take a hint from the people above and dedicate yourself to doing your very best, all the time. Be the change.

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