A Slump – Now What?

 

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Sometimes a slump can be an opportunity for us to reflect on the course of our life and make new and creative decisions.

However when you are in the doldrums, your job security is under threat, or an important relationship is going through a rocky phase, how can this slump be an advantage? Equating a slump with a blessing seems at the least to be an oxymoron and at the most a lack of empathy. (Of course there are great tragedies that strike all of us and grieving cannot be hurried or rationalized as something good).

However, the real downer is when people are on your back about your tough times and tell you to “snap out” of your dark mood or look on the bright side of things.

We live in a culture that denigrates and devalues the darker moods and difficult periods. Unless one lives in California life is hardly one endless summer (forgetting of course the fires and earthquakes). Down periods can be a typical part of the rhythm of life.

Does the winter of our discontent really mean that something is radically wrong with us?

Not necessarily so.

These cold and dark periods can be the harbinger of spring since the downturn of events may be

  • ·     A signal from our inner self to make a course correction
  • ·     An opportunity to reconnect with the drive of our inner values.
  • ·     An inner prompting that we need to change paths.

During such times we have the opportunity to revisit questions like,

What is the central driving force in our lives?

What puts a spring in our step and song in our heart?

What nourishes us at the depth of our being?

Maybe we have been distracted from such life-affirming questions by our busyness. We could also be stalling on the call for necessary change because we fear the risks of exploring new horizons. The comfortable has become our death trap.

So what would you have to do to make your slump a springboard to a new and enriched expression of your life?

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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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