Today is not my best day. I am disheartened by the lack of engagement to my podcast, making me doubt that I have what it takes to create content that resonates with an audience.
I am usually a motivated person who can easily shrug off criticism and negativity. However, this time around, I’m lacking the emotionally energy needed to get the show started. You see, the show hasn't been downloaded as much as I'd hoped - and while it's not the listeners' fault, there's no denying that it's disheartening.
But even in this state of disappointment, I'm pushing through because creating meaningful, actionable, and measurable content was something that I promised myself - and all of you!
The past few months have been a rollercoaster for our podcast show. One moment I'm feeling inspired, the next I'm questioning my ability to inspire and create something meaningful. It's easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt when we don't see immediate results or reach our goals as quickly as we would like.
As a leader, it can be even more difficult because of the added pressure of setting an example and upholding expectations. In these moments, it is important to remember that success doesn't happen overnight - it takes time and effort to achieve anything great! So take a deep breath, give yourself some grace, and keep pushing forward - the results will come eventually!
We always emphasize the importance of science in our show because we believe that a deep understanding of its principles is essential for successful leadership.
Here’s 5 practical applications for overcoming the winter of doubt.
1. Being present and grounded can help you manage negative thoughts or feelings by targeting your focus on the moment at hand. According to research, grounding techniques typically involve guided sensory activities or breathing exercises to center yourself and achieve peace.
2. Reconnecting activities are an important way to get back in touch with yourself and enjoy life again - no matter where you're at on your journey. If cooking brings you pleasure, make time for it each day; if exercise helps lift your spirits, hit the gym or take a stroll; if reading's more your style, schedule dedicated reading periods into your routine!
3. A great tool for promoting self-awareness is journaling - not only does it reduce stress, but also assists in coping with trauma.
4. Don't be afraid of discomfort - reach out to a mentor or accountability buddy who can guide you back on track!
5. Above all else, remember to prioritize taking care of yourself - this includes physical health as well as mental, spiritual and social wellbeing – so that you have the energy to lead and support others!
When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I have a great way to refocus my mindset. I set a timer for 5-10 minutes and take stock of my emotions: am I bored, distracted, or curious? It's helpful to label these feelings so that I can determine what is actually going on -- not just what I'm projecting onto the situation.
I've learned from science that humans tend to catastrophize moments and disappointments in life; we often prepare for worst case scenarios by overcomplicating things. As a leader, it's important for me to remember that it's ok not to be perfect. Reflection helps me strive towards being the best version of myself while accepting my imperfections.
Ultimately, this exercise serves as an important reminder that we are all flawed and imperfect humans just trying to be our very best!
Embrace the grind. Enjoy the journey. Keep listening.