June 28, 2012
overcoming the funk
I'm in a bit of a funk. Professionally, personally and productively I am just not feeling it — whatever it is.
As a result, my production is down. I had been on an exercise kick, even finding myself enjoying my work-outs, but now I have to force myself to do the routines if I do them. (I admit to skipping all of it yesterday.) I had been selling and creating multiple projects at work, which I now struggle to finish on my own. My Camp NaNoWriMo book is so far behind schedule I have no hope of passing the 50,000-word mark by midnight Saturday unless I can sneak in 30,000 words by then.
I could go on and on with my belly aches, but it does not change the simple fact that my tank is running dry, and I am short on the motivation I need to refuel it.
In a world where Facebook, Twitter and any other million social interactions — both digital and personal — are around to show off the accomplishments of all our friends and acquaintances, it is easy to compare ourselves to others. That kid from college got another amazing job. The girl in the bar is getting married to a fantastic guy. That author I follow is publishing another book. Then you look at yourself, and you can barely make yourself get out of bed and haven't washed your hair in a few days.
It is difficult not to feel like a failure.
Even though I sometimes feel that way, I know how important it is to change my attitude. Instead of making excuses for why I have not met any of my personal or professional goals, or complaining that they have not happened, it is more important to focus on what I can do today, tomorrow and the day after to achieve them.
That's a tall order. How do you fill it?
I don't pretend to have the answers. Like my novel, I consider myself a work in progress. One day, perhaps, I will have it all figured out, but until then I have to keep plugging away. That means getting off my butt and going for a jog. It means writing a little every day, even if it is only 100 words, because that is better than doing nothing. Instead of focusing on what I have not done, I should be proud of what I have. Rather than think or speak negatively, I should read or listen to motivational words. I have to do something.
There is no magic spell that can make you a success. People who achieve their goals do it, because they work for them even when they are not in the mood. That is what I tell myself. Hopefully I listen to my own advice and work through this tough patch.
Do any of you have tips for getting through funky moods?
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