3 Things For Leaders NOT To Do When Having a Down Day

Have you ever felt down for a day or a week?  I have.

This week I’ve taken some shots at my confidence as a leader.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just get down.  As I write this, I don’t feel unstoppable or on top of my game.

It’s just one of those weeks.  So, I’m almost 7 years into being a CEO of a company & I’ve had a lot of days like this.  As I’ve shared before, I come from a background of anxiety, depression & addiction so this week isn’t alarming or new.

I would love to share a few things I’ve discovered that I must not do during down times.  Maybe they will save you from some of the mistakes I’ve made when being down.

1. Don’t Make Big Decisions

I’ve found that postponing decisions until a new week works better.  I used to make decisions when I was down & they would be extremely emotional based.  It’s best for you & everyone around you for you to wait.

2. Don’t Have a Bad Attitude (Even Though You Want To)

The reality about being down is that you can still choose a good attitude.  This is difficult if you are an emotional person.  Emotional people choose attitudes based on feelings.  I’ve found that choosing a good attitude when being down is 100% possible and a must for a leader.

3. Don’t Ignore WHY You Are Down

There are reasons we get down.  Here are a few of mine:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Busyness
  • Fear
  • Rejection
  • Guilt
  • Bad Diet
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Been alone too much
  • ______________ (fill in yours)

I journal a lot when I don’t feel great.  I write down my thoughts and feelings.  When you can know why you feel down, you can give yourself the grace you need.  A lot of times we just need a new day.  With my daughter, we will say, “We just need a new day don’t we?”  That’s true for me too.

Here is what I’ve found, most of the time when I’m down, it’s right before everything is about go up!  My biggest breakthroughs have come on the backside of my biggest struggles.  

Feeling down…? Breakthrough is right around the corner.  Do. Not. Ever. Give. Up.


Time Management Doesn’t Work & What To Do About It

After consuming many books & resources, I’ve come to the belief that managing time isn’t the goal.  Our goal should be managing results.  

If you have a well organized calendar & nice to-do lists but you don’t know what your top 3 results you want to accomplish this week are, you might be missing the point.

Activity isn’t the point, achieving goals is.

So, what do you do if you are busy but not productive?

1. Develop 90 Day Priorities 

Sit down right now & write down a crystal clear list of 90 day priorities.  Think in these buckets:

  • Finances
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Fun
  • Fitness
  • Career
  • Spiritual

An example of one of my 90 day priorities is, “I will hire a bookkeeper for our personal finances & Casey Graham INC. company.”

That is crystal clear & at the end of 90 days, I will know if that is accomplished or not.  These priorities will act as magnets that pull you to the breakthrough.

2. Decide The Top 3 Results You Want To Accomplish This Week 

After you know what you want out of the next 90 days, you can create results each week that help you chip away at these 90 days.  It’s not rocket science.

So for my example above, my top result this week might be, “Call 5 people & ask them what bookkeeper they use.”

This is a powerful way to live & will help you accomplish the results you want.

Do you know exactly what you want to accomplish over the next 90 days?  Do you know exactly what you want to accomplish this week (no more than three crucial results)?

Stop Dabbling in Time Management.  Start Dominating in Real Results.  


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