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
- 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.