If you aren't in one now, it's a safe bet you've been in one before. How do you know when you're in a slump?
Your batteries feel flat, focus is elusive, and you're drawn to your couch like a moth to a flame. The symptoms differ slightly from person to person, but you know you're not operating at your best.
What's really embarrassing about this—and actually causing me some guilt—is that I'm an author on personal development and self-leadership. Surely, I shouldn't be in a slump.
It might surprise you to learn that I don't want to get out of my slump—well, not yet, anyway! I know the way out and I know the benefit of being in the hole.
Mostly, I maintain a pretty high energy level. Zest is, in fact, one of my strengths. But when we just "go, go, go" all the time, we can miss the subtle things. So I am accepting my slump. Why? Because it's my slump. Nobody did this to me. It's my body signaling me, and recognizing it is the only way to get that message.
Often we force ourselves to push through low performance, but if it really is a slump, the best strategy is to call it. By naming and owning your slump, ultimately you put yourself back in control.
Everything in life has cycles—the weather, the stock market, and your energy levels. The secret of success is to ride the cycle and benefit from the downtime.
So, if you're in a slump, what's the benefit?
It's time to reflect, to regroup, and to reprioritize. Use your slump to nurture yourself and become aware of what really matters to you. When you have found clarity, do the following: