I’ve had some serious knock backs during my blogging career and if you’re going through one right now, I sympathize. It’s tough, I know. It might be something small, like a nasty comment on your blog, or it might be something huge, like a product launch that fizzled and died. Whatever it is, it’s taken away your desire to continue and you need to find a way to get yourself moving again. Maybe I can help.
Give Yourself Time
If you’re like me then you hate taking time to wallow in your own self-pity. It seems like such a whimpy thing to do. But if you’re not getting back to work, if you’re feeling down and negative about the whole thing, then isn’t that what you’re really doing? You’re wallowing in self-pity.
Better to admit it, do it, and get it over with. It’s like having a good cry. No one ever wants to, but until you do you can’t truly get over the hurt. So admit it. You’re hurt or angry and it’s making you feel discouraged and unwilling to continue Have a good cry. You need it.
Set A Deadline
I think the reason I hate to wallow in self-pity is because I see so many people who do nothing else. They never seem to drag themselves up by the bootstraps and get back to work. Instead, they just turn into mopes.
Set yourself a deadline to get back to work – and make it soon, like the very next day. The longer you wallow the harder it is to get back on the horse.
And why is it really so hard to get moving again after you’ve suffered a knock back? Because you let so many things slide while you were wallowing. If your To-Do list was packed this morning it’s going to be twice as packed when you get back to work tomorrow, which makes it even harder to get back to work tomorrow. But, if you don’t get back to work tomorrow, it’ll be even more impossible the next day, which makes it even harder..
Each day you spend wallowing makes it that much harder to get back to work because your work load is now so piled up you don’t know where to begin. But if you don’t start soon, it’s going to spiral completely out of control and your business will go down the drain and the pressure you’re putting on yourself just keeps building and building and…
So what? You lost a day of productivity. It’s not the end of the world. If you were working for someone else you could compare it to a sick-day and everyone’s entitled to take a sick-day every now and then. You called off yesterday, now you just need to rework your priorities.
Now that you’ve allowed yourself a few hours, or maybe even a day, to wallow in self-pity, it’s time to get back to work. Instead of dreading all the catch-up work you have to do, sit down at your desk and re-work your To-Do list and you’ll see it’s not really as bad as you thought it was. Very few things on our To-Do lists are ever life-or-death situations so don’t let a knock back become a life-or-death situation for your blog.