What can you do when you ‘hit the wall’ and nothing seems to be working?

welcome to monday

Some Mondays I wake up and no matter what I do, I just can’t move on. Other times I get to Thursday and my energy is just gone.

I think being in business or selling can be a lot like running a marathon. You’re doing a lot of things all the time, and sometimes as a long-distance runner, your body and mind can get overwhelmed and “hit the wall.”

Dick Beardsley, a marathon runner, speaking of hitting ‘The Wall’ said: “It felt like an elephant had jumped out of a tree on my shoulders and had me carrying it the rest of the way.”

There are three types of energy that fuel your life. When one, or more, of these energy sources are running low, you face ‘the wall’. Fortunately, these energy sources are linked and there are simple strategies to get you moving again.

power plant 1 – chemical energy

This is the physical energy your body stores to run your body every day. Even when you do nothing, your body consumes vast amounts of chemical energy pumping your blood, digesting your food, and maintaining the cells that make up your body.

power station 2 – emotional energy

This is the energy of enthusiasm that brings joy to life. The smile of a child, the feeling of love, the happiness you feel when your soccer team wins. Everything you say and do is affected by your emotional energy, be it positive or negative.

power 3 – mental energy

This is the energy of creativity. When you set a goal without knowing how to achieve it, and you do it, you use mental energy. This is the energy of problem solving, decision making, report writing. In fact, your mental energy resources are a determining factor in the quality of life you have.

Each of these energy sources is closely related to the other two.

  • A five-minute uncontrolled outburst of anger (negative emotional energy) can burn the same amount of physical energy as an eight-hour day.
  • A 30-minute walk (chemical energy) can generate the same amount of mental energy that goes into a full day of workshop building next year’s sales plan.
  • Receiving a phone call (because maybe he sent you a flower?) from someone you love (emotional energy) just before a physical challenge or difficult mental task can recharge both sources of energy.

When I ‘hit the wall’ and nothing else works, I stop and ask myself “Which of my three sources of energy is dragging me down?”

Usually the answer is obvious.

  • It may be that I haven’t taken the time to develop my physical reserve.
  • It could be that I haven’t been spending enough time with the people I care about, or
  • I have set my goals in such a way that I cannot achieve victories along the way.

The question and today’s actions.

Are there times when you ‘hit the wall’ and feel the elephant on your shoulders? Here are some things you can do to help.

  1. Get out of the 9 to 5 mentality and decide ‘now is the time’. Stopping a workshop at 10 am for a 30-minute walk is much smarter than wasting a day of planning.
  2. Know your body chemistry. Start the day with a good nutritious meal. Replenish your body chemistry regularly with a balanced diet so you can keep your physical energy levels high.
  3. Develop your emotional energy by spending time with people who appreciate you. Stop and ‘smell the roses’ and make time to enjoy your life.

The more energy you have, the happier and more productive you will be.

Have a good week!

August 27, 2012

By Gregory Ferrett

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