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Having a Bad Day?

Have you ever had … one of those days?

You know the day I’m talking about, the one where you feel like your whole is being turned upside down and the harder you try the worse it seems to get.

At least that’s what you’re thinking when:

  • You wake up in the middle of the night and realize that the proposal for a new customer was due last Thursday not this Thursday … and you’re right!
  • The transmission on the car goes out … again.
  • You have 48 hours of work to do … and only 10 hours to do it.
  • One of your biggest customers tells you you’re no longer their vendor of choice … by texting you.
  • The cat throws up for the third time in the same spot … and that spot is in your briefcase!

Can you relate?

If this happens here are 5 steps that will help you to get back on track:

  1. Reframe – look at the situation in the context of your whole life. This will help put things into perspective and help you realize that this particular issue is relatively small in the scope of a lifetime.
  2. Relax – take a deep breath, go for a walk, exercise, most of the time stepping away from the situation will help clear your mind so that when you come back you can approach the challenge with a different set of eyes or perspective.
  3. Refocus – your thoughts on everything in your life that is right. One of the quickest ways to do this is to make a list of 10 things that you are grateful for in your life as quickly as possible.
  4. Reengage – by taking small steps that you know you can accomplish. This will give you a sense of success and accomplishment and help you get your “mojo” working again!
  5. Reward – yourself at the end of the day with some token of self appreciation for overcoming that challenge and moving ahead. In other words … spoil yourself a little. Here’s how: ask yourself, “If someone was to do something really nice for me that showed that I was greatly appreciated … what would it be?” And then do it for yourself!

So there you have it … 5 steps to help you get out of a rut and get you back on the path to sanity.

Of course that is assuming that you were sane when you started!

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