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How To Get Out Of A Funk

Take These 3 Steps


Have you ever found yourself in a funk? Not inspired. Not motivated. Unable to own the room?

Or maybe at times you have felt empty inside. Kind of like a powerful jet barreling down the runway at full speed but you just can’t seem to take off.

I’ve felt this before and have worked with plenty of others who have as well.

If you feel this way odds are you’ve stopped challenging yourself. You’ve stopped building. You’ve stopped pushing yourself. Here are 3 things you can start doing to break free of your funk:

1. Start Learning Again
From grade school to college to maybe even graduate school, we regularly found ourselves in learning environments. We were exposed to new ideas. We were intellectually challenged. Were tested on what we learned. And then, each semester or school year, we’d be challenged to learn something new yet again.

The challenge now is that now that we’re in the “real world,” our education comes to a stop. We transition from educating ourselves to collecting a paycheck.

The opportunity you do have is to become a student again. The good news is now you get to choose what you study.

Consider taking a continuing education class at a local college. There are tons of online courses like that will teach you anything you want to know. You can attend one-day trainings or workshops. Just start learning again.

2. Finish Something

When was the last time you finished something that was important to you? Binge watching 12 episodes of a Netflix series or making your bed doesn’t count.

For some, “finishing something” could be that major home improvement project that took months to complete. For others, this could be finishing the first draft of a novel or screenplay. For many, it’s pressing “publish” on a blog post each week.

If you experience “finishing stuff” regularly, the funk starts to get replaced with a feeling of accomplishment. Finishing stuff is that it also increases your confidence and makes you feel better about yourself. Look at the next three months of your life and identify one thing that you’d like to achieve or finish. Then, take action.

3. Surround Yourself with Allies

Think about the five people you spend the most time with and ask yourself this question: Do they make you better?

The opportunity you have is to spend time with allies. Allies are the people that encourage you, support you, inspire you, challenge you, and test you to be the absolute best version of yourself.

Allies hold you accountable and support you in doing what you say you’re going to do (like with finishing projects and seeking out learning opportunities). Allies are people that will help you break out of your funk.

So when you’re in a funk, remember:

1. Start learning again.
2. Finish something.
3. Spend time with allies.

Note: I am not a therapist. If you need support, reach out to a professional for help.

Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist, creator of Own The Room and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life).

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