How to motivate yourself through your darkest days

How to motivate yourself through your darkest days

Happiness is wonderful.

But happiness is not to be experienced ALL the time.

We all have bad days; and sometimes those bad days turn in to dark times.

But staying motivated through the tough times can help us get back to happiness as soon as possible. And here’s how you can do it…

via by John Rampton

Life is full of twists and turns. And, sometimes those twists and turns don’t lead you somewhere pleasant.

There were two moment in my life where this couldn’t be more evident. The first instance was when a construction accident almost prevented me from walking again. The second was when my successful business was shut down by Amazon.

Both were so emotionally and physically exhausting that it lead me to some of the darkest periods of my life. Thankfully, I was able to stay motivated and climb out of this rut. Today, I have a family and new business that is kicking ass.

It wasn’t easy, but by following these tactics I was able to keep moving forward:

Don’t deny that there’s a problem.

You’re going to have your heart broken. You will likely have a business that is going to fail. Those are life experiences that we all must go through. Instead of denying this pain, acknowledge that it’s real. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be able to move on.

When I had to shutdown, I was devastated. I was recently married, and had to let go some of the most amazing employees I’ve ever had. I had to accept the fact and come to the realization that I lost over a million bucks in a mere 6 weeks. It definitely wasn’t my finest hour.

Instead of bottling up all these feelings of anger, sadness, and grief, I acknowledged how I felt and gave myself one day to have a “pity party.” I also planned a trip to Disneyland with my wife so that we weren’t just sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves. And, after all of these years, I still openly discuss the failure of It’s still one of the best ways for me to vent.

Once I realized that I failed, I was able to start moving forward. Instead of denying the pain that I was in, I embraced it by reflecting on why the business failed and putting that knowledge to use towards my next business venture.

Focus on the positives.

I’m sure that you’ve heard the cliché, “When one door closes, another opens.” While you may not believe it, or may not feel that way at the moment — it’s true.

As I mentioned above, when you’re in your darkest hour you should take the time to reflect and analyze what went wrong. For me, I asked questions like, “Why did the company fail?” And, “Was there any way that I could have saved it?”

Once I answered those questions I was able to put them to use. After all, I still had bills to pay and a family to take care of, so I couldn’t just let my grief overcome me. So I launched my consulting business, Adogy, to solve this problem. Believe it or not, this also helped me emotionally.

This was actually a tactic I learned years earlier after I had an accident during my construction gig in college. My leg was severely damaged after being run over by a large skidster. Since I was bedridden for the next six-months I spent this time learning all I could about online marketing. This was the start of my career. Since then, I’ve purchased, started, grown, and sold several companies online…

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