If there is one thing we have learnt over the many years of working then that is to ‘believe in yourself’.
We are big believers in praising people, making them feel good about themselves and their achievements. Why? Because that empowers them to do more, do better and push themselves to the highest ability and ultimately get job satisfaction.
That’s how I manage my team and encourage them if they are feeling demotivated. Praise them when they have done well and guess what – more often than not they pick themselves up and motor on, leaving the office with a smile and come back the next day to strike again!
Sometimes you don’t get that encouragement from those around you so you have to dig deep and praise yourself. If you believe in yourself then you will be driven, focused and able to achieve more. It goes without saying the harder we are on ourselves for not achieving something, or doing badly at something the more deflated you feel. While we find ourselves with a lot of time on our hands it is important to give yourself daily tasks and praise yourself for doing it. Even if it is getting out of your pjs, going for a walk, cooking a meal.. don’t sit at home feeling sorry for yourself as it is a downward spiral.
I am speaking from experience as many years ago I suffered from severe anxiety and the more I allowed myself to mope around the worse it got. Mental health (if you can spare any donations to this great charity please pop over and donate what you can) is spoken about on a daily basis at the moment and I can totally sympathise with people who are feeling down, lonely and isolated during these difficult COVID-19 times. It is important if you are struggling that you speak out to someone and tell them you need support. It is easy for me to sit here and type and say focus on the good but that is what you need to do. Think positive and you will be positive, the day will seem easier, your mood will be better. Go for a walk and look up at the sky not down at the floor and you will feel different. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is easy to just move on and feel better but you have to start with you, you have to focus your mind and believe in yourself. So I task you with this, grab a paper and pen or open notes app on your mobile and jot down a couple of things that make you feel happy. It might be something you have achieved in the past that made you proud, a holiday you have been on, or a recent walk, a special memory with friends or family. You may have a few things that bring back happy memories, more positive feelings than those you are feeling today. So jot them down and then jot down a couple of things that you want to do that will give you the same feeling… something to look forward to, something that you can go and do tomorrow or at the weekend. Refer back to this list every time you have a down moment and remind yourself of happy times and that something that you are going to go and do soon. Please hold on to the fact we will have that life back soon enough, but if you need to talk make sure you reach out to someone and ask them for their help.
In the meantime set yourself some small goals like we said in our previous blog and pat yourself on the back for doing something good each day. It doesn’t have to be a big thing but it will make you feel motivated to do something else the next day and give you a focus.
We all miss our friends and families and socialising as we use to but it is important that you see the positive in this situation and take time out for you (and your family) and take it as an opportunity to recharge your batteries, find a new hobby, or like us start a new business!
I always say only you will look out for number 1 (you) so start today and believe in yourself you can achieve amazing things if you let yourself!
I look forward to hearing what goals you set yourself, leave a comment below!