Bob Prince, sport announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, calls it Hidden Vigorish. The idea that someone who is either not performing to their ability or overachieving for a short amount of time; whereas, we know that at some point they will return to their true form in due time. We have all personally experienced moments of hidden vigorish and at these moments we have to decide if whether THIS is who we are now or make the decision to slump or un-slump ourselves. Currently, I am in a professional slump and this week is a perfect opportunity for me to review the things that I am doing in order to get back out and on track again.
Let’s start with the most important element of the un-slumping process - mindset. Let’s double down on the positive content that we surround ourselves with, the people, the podcasts, the music we listen to, the news we hear - positive vibes only. It does not have to be the fluffy, you are good enough and smart enough type of positive content (however if it works…), but inspiring content from successful people that are reminding us that we are capable and with focus we can get back on track. During a slump, we need mental reminders of the mindset that helped us become successful so we can get back into that same frame of mind.
Reflection is step two, we need to look at what we are doing in our business, our daily routines, and our goals - sometimes the slump is subconscious, sometimes it is our mind telling us that our goals need realigned, so we need to spend some time listening. Look back at some of the projects that were started, review some of the activities that we have always wanted to start or try, during the slump may be a good time to get into these and see if we may be in need of a pivot. Now is a good time to write, reflect, journal about what is important to us, what do we value and whether our actions are leading us to our values effectively. Slumps are not always bad, sometimes they are necessary to refocus.
Finally, the slump requires more work, which is what I commonly find myself doing during a slump - working more to get back on track. More phone calls, more letters, more hours to get back where we want to be - as long as we reflect first and ensure we are still working towards the right goals. Slumps are professional Darwinism, weeding out our actions that we do not need to be successful. I know, even as I write this, that re-framing a slump from a terrible thing to a life changing moment is how we most effectively get out of a slump and come out stronger than before. Have a successful week, we will see you back again next week - feel free to comment and suggest new topics to cover anytime.