The word meditation is stigmatized. It might make you think of spaced-out New Agers or Zen masters floating in full lotus. But that's not it. Meditation, simply enough, is directed attention.
When you find yourself in a rut, it's often because your subconscious is focused on uninspiring or disempowering conclusions. "I don't have enough, I'll never be enough, what good am I?" The only thing those thoughts will inspire is a serious funk.
But you can take control of your thoughts at any time.
Just set aside 5 to 10 minutes of time away from technology and distractions. Then sit or lie down and guide your thoughts as you see fit. Notice your breathing. Notice how your body feels.
Want to feel excited? Think about the exciting things you can do. Want to feel grateful and at peace? Think about the amazing people in your life, your accomplishments, the opportunities you have, the breath in your lungs, your talents, and your passions—feel gratitude for it all.
Then visualize the life you want to live: the bigger picture accomplishments, the job, the friendships, the car, the family, the cash, the enjoyment. Again, feel gratitude for these things.
After 5 to 10 minutes, you'll be on a completely different plane. You'll feel empowered, capable, and confident enough to do what you need to do and to feel good about doing it. You'll be inspired, and your funk will be gone.
Funks happen to everyone. But, as you focus more on living an inspired life, those doldrums tend to fade away. And when they do come around, you'll be armed with the tools to obliterate them. So practice these tips every day—make success rituals out of them—and live the life you want.