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How to Get Out of a Funk and Live a Purpose Driven Life

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Despite being committed to living a life of success and accomplishing your goals, things don’t always work out as planned. Our minds have the ability to spiral to a dark place quicker than we’d care to admit. That place affects the action we take.

When you’re just not feeling how things are going, it’s easy to give in to bad habits and making decisions that don’t align with where you’d like to go in life. You think you’ll take a day off, then two, and before you know it, the last time you lived a purpose-driven day was months ago.

Time moves quickly, especially when we’re not living in alignment with our future self and personal growth goals. After weeks and months of not doing the work, you realize you’re in a funk. You know you’re not where you want to be and that you need to do something to get out of that dark place. 

Here are four steps you can take to get out of a funk and back on the path to creating success. Here’s how to silence your inner negativity and do what it takes to become your best self. 

1. Commit to making yourself a priority in every decision you make. 

We spiral because we don’t make ourselves a priority in the daily decisions we make. We let others cross our boundaries, stop any self-care routines we’ve established, and think twice before doing what we know is best for us — we put other people’s needs before our own.

To overcome a funk, you need to get back to putting your needs, goals, and decisions first. This means you schedule self-care without thinking about it, setting boundaries and enforcing them, stopping feeling guilty about doing what’s best for you, and spending each day working on the things that bring you joy.

Make yourself a priority in more than words, and you’ll overcome a funk quickly. Your more significant purpose in life is rooted in making sure you do what sets your soul on fire and leads to the consistent growth in your success journey.

“We are our choices.” – J.P. Sartre

2. Set a success routine and focus on implementing it one day at a time. 

Healthy habits and growth-focused routines are essential in creating progress and success in your life. If you wake up each day and try to make it up as you go — you’ll spend your days confused and not accomplishing as much as you could. 

There’s power in building consistency, and a solid daily routine can get you there. You can:

  • Schedule your days the night before. 
  • Set days for physical movement. 
  • Decide how much time each day you’ll devote to learning and personal development. 
  • Batch tasks and decide what days you’ll let others have some of your time. 

Once you have a solid routine in place, focus on implementing one day at a time. If you think about the bigger goals and what it will take to accomplish them — you’ll get overwhelmed and put yourself in a place that keeps you stuck in a funk. Take your success journey one step at a time. Make progress your measuring stick for growth. 

3. Invest time and energy into optimizing your body.

It takes a lot of daily energy to do the work that allows you to accomplish your goals. To have enough energy, you’ll need a body that’s working with you — not against you. What you eat and how you move your body will help or hurt your daily journey to create success.

Investing time, resources, and energy to optimize your body will strengthen your mindset and give you the fuel you’ll need to do the work. I won’t tell you what you should eat or how much you should exercise — there is plenty of information about that online. I will tell you that it’s a crucial part of success. 

Become your best by optimizing your body and the way you see yourself. Make it a daily habit to give your body what it needs to operate at a peak level. 

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

4. Celebrate your progress as you do the work. 

One of the reasons we end up in a funk is because we’re all work and no play. We don’t take time to celebrate our wins and have moments of being “off” from the grind. If you’re always in “super thought leader to the world” mode, you’ll burnout and spiral. 

You have to be your biggest cheerleader. When you accomplish a goal — even a small one — celebrate as if you just won the Olympics. That trains your brain to want more of those wins, and it will give you the fuel to keep doing the work. 

Celebrate and take time off. Schedule days where you chill and enjoy life. Have dedicated off days in which you do fun things. The point of creating freedom is so that you enjoy it. Tap into fun and joy, and you’ll create a habit that motivates you to continue doing the work.

If you’re in a funk, you can overcome it. If you find yourself heading that way, close your browser and starting planning — then, do something fun. Creating success is not easy, but it’s worth it. You are powerful — you have everything you need overcome spirals, strengthen your mindset, and live an extraordinary life. 

Kimanzi Constable is an author of four books and a writer whose articles have been published in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Insider, SUCCESS Magazine, NBC, CBS, FOX, and 80 other publications and magazines. He is the co-founder of Results Global Impact Consulting and Senior Editor at The Good Men Project. Learn more and get a free guide at kconstable.com.

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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​​4 Boss Level Growth Strategies That Create an Optimized Life

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Building a business is about more than sales, marketing, and flexing on social media. While those things tend to draw attention, they attract the wrong type of clients and are not how you build a sustainable and freedom-focused business. (more…)

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Practicing Self-Devotion: 3 Ways Towards a More Mindful and Compassionate You

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I can still hear the voices of my older relatives and my elementary school teachers telling me “be disciplined”, “keep at it”, to give time and energy towards what we want. As a young, impressionable child, I believed all those things because well, they made sense. They worked. And honestly, I felt like it’s the only way to flourish. (more…)

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