What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do—3 Simple Steps

“80% of success is showing up.”—Woody Allen

In almost every area of our lives there comes a time when we feel we’ve hit a wall. We become unmotivated, complacent, and don’t know what to do next. It’s a paralyzing feeling that holds us back from taking the necessary levels of action to achieve our personal and professional goals. The longer we take to climb ourselves out of this state, the farther we fall behind which is why it is critical to take action immediately.

Here are three simple steps to get you back on track.

1-    Realize that everyone goes through this stage at some point or another. Many of us have role models we look up to in our lives—we look up to athletes for our health goals, successful entrepreneurs for our business or career goals, etc. We often see only the highlight reel and are not exposed enough to what goes on behind the scenes to realize that no one’s life is as glamorous as we imagine it to be. Even world class athletes have off days—what makes them world class is their ability to show up and perform at a peak level even when they don’t feel like it.

2-    Audit your actions. Pareto’s law states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Take 10 or 15 minutes either on a weekly basis or when you feel you’ve plateaued and audit your actions in accordance with your goals. While 20% of your actions may have produced 80% of your wanted results, you will likely find on the other hand, that 80% of some other actions produced only 20% of your desired results. There’s a fundamental difference between being busy and being productive—once you’ve uncovered which actions are the best use of your time, emphasize them in a massive way and watch your productivity soar.

3-    Feed your mind and get “re-excited” about your goals. Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” Different people need different forms and different doses of stimulus to get inspired and excited. Whether it’s movies, podcasts, articles, or books, find what gets you amped and use it on a regular basis to keep you sharp and on track.

Try these three simple steps the next time you’re feeling off your game and be sure share them with others if you find that they’ve worked for you.

Navid Amin is Recruitment Consultant at RMSG in Toronto, Canada. Navid helps clients through designing and implementing hiring initiatives. He is passionate about sales, marketing and technology. Connect with him on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/in/navidamin and follow him on Twitter at @Navid_Amin.