Sometimes we have no motivation to do anything, other than sitting like a “bump on a log”, as my parents were fond of saying. Those days we feel that our Get Up and Go has Gotten Up and Left!
When we’re feeling this way, we look to the outside. We buy energy drinks, caffeinated coffee or soda. We may take special supplements that are supposed to increase our energy—our gumption.
Gumption doesn’t come from outside of us!
Our gumption—or lack of it—is a result of what’s going on inside of us.
Your homework today is to first analyze what’s stealing your gumption. Is it a task that’s intimidating or overwhelming, or perhaps it’s unpleasant or uncomfortable? Are those discouraging tapes running in your mind, the ones that say you can’t do it or that you’re not good enough? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating regularly and consuming good food or are you eating take-out on a catch-as-catch-can basis? Are you spending too much time by yourself and now you’re feeling isolated and alone?
Once you’ve identified what’s going on, come up with ideas of what you can do to help yourself. For instance, if you’re lonely, reach out to friends and family. If you’re overwhelmed, you may have to delegate tasks and projects or ask for help with them. You may find that turning off all electronics might give you the peace and quiet you need to relax enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Sometimes, though, you just have to muscle it out and make the decision to get up and do something.
As you’re getting your gumption back, be sure to break tasks into steps and break those into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. Choose a tiny bit that’s easy to do—then do it! I have found from experience that if I can do a little bit then that jump-starts me and gets me going and I can do a little bit more.
Keep plugging away doing tiny bit after tiny bit. This’ll help you gain a finger-hold. Keep at it and soon you’ll notice your confidence is back, which feeds right into your gumption. Yay!
You can do it, I’m sure you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,