I think at one point or another we’ve all had those moments, those days when nothing seems to go quite the way expected. We get down on different things: ourselves, the customers, the lack of customers, the “not enough time”, or even too much work. When these moments hit we can usually pull ourselves out of the mood and press on. But, there’s always a bit of benefit to a pep talk.
Pep talks are not just for athletic teams or the group of salespeople in the office. They’re not only for the people you are in leadership to. Pep talks can be uplifting for everyone, even when you’re not looking for one. They can definitely motivate. They can change a mood. They can make the world seem a little brighter.
“Look at the strides we’ve made. We’re working on being ready for the blow up. We’ve never had a bad review. We have unbelievable testimonials. We are learning business, marketing, and networking. We have a lot to be proud of and the fact that we feel ready to take on more means we’re doing it the right way.” There’s a pep talk worth keeping. A pep talk worth remembering. A pep talk worth reviewing in those moments when you need a pep talk. How can you not feel uplifted to push on, to do better, to work harder after reading that? It certainly sounds like a lot has been accomplished, and they are on the edge of what can only be defined as success.
You should make it a point to find someone who can be your pep talk! Who is it in your world that can uplift you when you aren’t feeling up to it yourself? I can tell you from personal experience that I have a few (of course, none bigger than Ian). I can call, text, or visit any one of my pep talk friends and leave feeling re-energized and ready to tackle whatever comes my way. Find your pep talk too.
In your search think first of the people you interact with that you feel comfortable enough to be open and honest with. Someone you feel safe with. Someone who makes your world brighter just by being part of it. Someone who boosts your spirits without even knowing it. Someone who inspires you. Write down the names that come to mind now so you can refer to it later.
When you are feeling like a pep talk could do your productivity [insert need here: motivation, outlook, mood, sense of accomplishment, etc.] some good refer back to the list you just made and make a call, send a text, or go for lunch. Don’t make it a bitch session – just have a conversation and see if you walk away with a fresh perspective. My bet is you will.