Step #1 – Be aware
We all get into ruts. Life isn’t a smooth road and we know this. So when it does happen, it’s important to know and understand that it’s not going to last. You’ll bounce back to the top of your game. In the automotive industry, we train our brains to think that every 30 days is a new start and a new opportunity to perform well. We want to do better than we did last month. The problem with this thinking is that it can lead to being in a rut longer than necessary. It could be the 20th of the month for example, with still a lot of time to put together a solid number, but we tend to give in to time and convince ourselves that this is a shitty month, completely writing off the notion that we can make an entire month out of a week in our industry. It’s happens all the time. You can sell the majority of your vehicles in one week. Avoid giving in to traditional thinking and view the last 10 days of the month in this example, as an opportunity to crush it and develop momentum for yourself.
Step #2 – Prevent it
We can’t completely prevent self-doubt, anxiety, depression, stress, etc. We’re human after all. But we can make a genuine effort into preventing these negative emotions from creeping into our life as much as possible. How? Progression. Find a way to progress every single day whether it’s mentally or physically. Progress leads to confidence and when you’re confident, it makes those negative emotions harder to build up and come into your life. It doesn’t have to be big progress either, small progress is totally fine. Read 20 pages of a book every day, walk 15-minutes, watch an informative or inspirational YouTube video daily, etc. We have an abundance of free (or low cost) information at our fingertips, use it!
Step #3 – Give
This is difficult to do when you’re lacking confidence but it’s likely the fastest way to get yourself out of the rut you’re in. It’s an incredible feeling when you give without expectation. By giving I mean: time, effort, empathy, and wisdom. When you give your time freely by volunteering, it’s a rewarding feeling. When you put in extra effort at work or at the gym by going an extra 5 minutes on the treadmill, you feel better about yourself. By having empathy for others when you see them struggling and you provide them with wisdom from when you were in that situation, you begin to heal yourself. Give without expectation.
Step #4 – Find Isolation
Whether it’s a walk (preferably in nature) or a few minutes of alone time in your vehicle at work, find isolation and tune out the world for 20 minutes. Let your mind be free. When you’re in a rut it’s like you’re putting your brain in a negative prison cell. Allow the mind to be free by closing your eyes and
letting it wander, see what happens. Take big deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth for 2 minutes, let your brain get more oxygen. From experience, you begin to experience creativity, gratitude, and perspective. You may even find a new perspective on deals that you thought were going nowhere and now can go somewhere because you’re viewing it in a different light.
“Most people want to change their personal reality without changing their personality” – Dr. Joe Dispenza
In order to create a new reality for yourself, in this case going from being in a rut to being on top of your game, you have to find your personality from when you were on top of your game. Find that feeling of being unstoppable and confident. Follow these 4 steps when you’re in a rut and you’ll begin to alter your personal reality.
You got this!