When you are down & out, how do you get up & go forward?
Have you been prospecting for months on end, only to end up with no one? Or have you been experiencing financial hardship and can not find a way to make ends meet? Or are you depressed about your current employment? There are many reasons to get down and start to get depressed about your situation. And whatever the current situation maybe you are not alone and not the only one experiencing this misfortune. If you don't take away anything from this article know this fact, "this too shall pass" and no situation is forever lasting.
We all will experience days when we feel down and that is okay. How else will we be able to recognize and appreciate the good days? The question is when you are down, do you know how to get back up and head in the right direction?
There are 4 inspirational principles that you can implement to bring about self-motivation. Along with the 4 principles we also included famous motivational and success quotes that will inspire you throughout your self-motivation journey.
4 Principles for Self-Motivation
These four principles are from two passages in the Bible, Psalms 42-43. No matter your religion or spirituality these passages are only used as a reference to inspire and paint a bigger picture. In the passages, the Psalmist is in a depression. He is searching the depths of his soul looking for God. He talks about how to get yourself out of a depression state. Let us take these teachings and apply them to your current situation and feelings of giving up.
Spoiler alert, the trick is to never give up, but get up and go forward in the face of adversity.
The 1st Principle
The first principle is remembering is to talk to yourself instead of letting yourself talk to you. In chapter 42:5, the psalmist says,
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”
Have you tried everything that you knew possible and see others becoming successful, but doing the same thing is not working for you? In the back of your mind, you start telling yourself that you will never be successful. When those thoughts start to cross your mind, you need to stop, take a deep breath and say positive affirmations to yourself like, “I am successful”. Speak in the present tense and think outside the box. Do not let your conscious mind get the best of you. If you have a mentor, talk to them. If you do not have a mentor, set up a small support group that will help lift you up when you are down or vise versa. Remember this quote when dwelling on the past,
“Success comes in cans, failure in cannot”
The 2nd Principle
The second principle is to quit dwelling on things that are in the past and start dwelling on the present. In chapter 42:4, the psalmist says,
“This things I remember…”
He also says in chapter 42:6,
“my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon-from Mount Mizar.”
“What is done, is done”
Quit worrying about things that did not work for you. Do not beat yourself up for the things you cannot change. Only think of ways to not make the same mistakes. Try new things! Again, think outside of the box. You have to continually think about the present and your journey to success. A famous quote from Ben Sweetland states,
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
The 3rd Principle
The third principle is though there are many reasons to fail, there are far more reasons to succeed. The psalmist states in chapter 42:5,
“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him”
This means to not be bogged down in negativity. You may fail at one of your goals but get up, dust yourself off, and try again. Always be focused on the big picture. Visualize yourself succeeding and speak it into existence. One of my favorite quotes is by Dorothea Brande who states,
“To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail”.
The 4th Principle
And the last principle is that the affirmation of success must be repeated again and again in spite of failure. Within passages 42 and 43, the psalmist repeats the verse, “Why are you downcast, O my soul?” three times. Three times he asks himself why he feels down. The psalmist is affirming that he has blessings to be thankful for. Think positively. Have you ever heard the expression “will” something done? You have to do just that. You have to visualize your success. You have to see yourself in the new house, the new cars, money in the bank, running a successful business, etc. And you do this repeatedly, visualizing yourself succeeding no matter the setbacks. To succeed, you will constantly need to tell yourself that you are going to be successful. Willie Davis says,
“The road to success is uphill.”
By reading the passages, you see a man downcast and downtrodden who questions himself. But we see that he talks himself out of depression. We also see him quit dwelling on the past and concern himself with the present. Even though he has reasons to burden himself with failures, he expatiates on success. And last, and probably the most important, he affirmed his belief several times. When you get down, you need to do the same things. And one other important thing, you should only surround yourself with people who are positive and like-minded. You do not need any negativity in your life beating you down.