5 Key Steps to go from the Pits to the Peak – Getting out of a slump

Do you ever feel you are in a fog?

What do you do when you are in a slump?

Do you feel like it will last forever?

One of my friends is currently in a slump and it’s not to do with her sports. It’s to do with her career performance. She’s an entrepreneur, a mom, an athlete and a great person.I had tea with her last week and listened to the despair in her voice and the hopelessness. I could relate to everything she was saying as I’ve been there. She feels like a complete failure and said to me “I’m a head case unable to even think clearly, so stuck”. Sometimes it can be in your head but it still impacts your mental, emotional, physical and technical abilities.

This happens from time to time, usually after a big event in your life or career. Slumps that felt like they were going to last forever. Slumps that you think are never going to end. But they do.

Do any of these statements apply to your current state?

  • I’m am tired all the time
  • I don’t enjoy doing things that I used to
  • I dread going to work and wish I was somewhere else when there
  • I can’t find work or clients and feel like a failure
  • I’m more negative about myself
  • I don’t seem to bounce back from setbacks like I used to
  • I can’t concentrate and focus on tasks
  • I don’t care and don’t care that I don’t care

If you said “yes” to any you may be in a slump. When your performance becomes a problem and you feel helpless, you don’t have to remain that way. It’s possible to regain your power and remove the block.

5 Key Steps to go from the Pits to the Peak

#1 Recognize, acknowledge and accept it Problems and obstacles in life always present themselves, and some you overcome easily, but others take you down. If you feel any of the statements above be aware that you may be in a slump. Acknowledge and accept it. That is the first step. Wallowing in it gets you nowhere. Know that this shall pass and things can and do get better.

#2 Be willing to let it go Get out of the perpetual victim mode as it’s an easy, but painful, place to live. If you want to get out of your slump you must be willing to let it go. Avoid looking for sympathy and change focus from problems to solutions.

#3 Get on a positive mental regime Yes exercise and healthy eating will make you feel better, but look at mentally what are you feeding yourself. Avoid watching the news and negative people as they can all just fuel your slump. Read, watch and listen to things that are going to boost and guide you.

#4 Surround yourself with advocates Take a moment and look at whom you are connecting with the most. Who do you call and spend time with? What are their attitudes like? If they are negative and support you for being in a slump, it may be time to make some changes. Seek out people who are positive and going to lift you up. Ones that are advocates for your success and well-being.

#5 Take action It’s time to take action. Decide on one step that you can take to pull yourself out of the slump. Start small, really small. Right now is just about doing something that will make you feel better. Start right now. Patience is important too, but some assume patience is doing nothing, remaining idle, sitting on your hands and waiting. That’s wrong during a slump, if you want to get out of it then take some form of action.

There is more and one of the things is to become mentally tough. If you want to learn about what it takes for peak performance and the science behind how to achieve that STAY TUNED for my upcoming announcements!


Corey McCusker
Mental Performance Coach

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