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How to Get Back on Track When You Feel You've Lost Your Way

When you’re stuck and not improving, let’s get back to basics

In the trenches

Rise and shine 6er,

Have you ever had the feeling that life has thrown a wrench in your plans? It doesn't matter if it's a series of setbacks or a major decision that brought us to our knees. The good news is that you can get back on track.

When we first begin a project, we are full of energy and enthusiasm. However, life gets in the way and we lose sight of our goal. Everybody, even the most successful people, has experienced this. There can be no progress without it. However, a shorter recovery time is sought.

When you're feeling lost, it's a good idea to go back to the basics. Create a system that can handle a lot of work. Master the art of showing up even when you don't feel like it and celebrating the small victories to put yourself in a better position to succeed. Only by acknowledging and taking the first step can you get out of the dark tunnel.

Negative thoughts should not keep you stuck in a downward spiral. Take a break and think about why you've been unable to maintain your equilibrium. Don't be afraid to start over and lay a solid foundation once you've found the source of the problem.

Let’s make it happen!


Intelligence summary of insights from this week’s podcast

When we're going through a rough patch, it can be difficult to think clearly and motivation can be lacking. The importance of foundational systems cannot be overstated. It helps you keep track of what you need to do each day in order to stay on course.

If you keep showing up for yourself, even when things go awry, you'll go a long way toward achieving your goals. At the same time, you don't have to cram too much into your schedule. Take one step at a time until you gain enough momentum to take on a big adventure and step outside of your comfort zone.

Mike Steadman, the founder and CEO of Ironbound Boxing, a non-profit organization that provides free amateur boxing training, entrepreneurship education, and employment opportunities to inner-city youth in Newark, New Jersey, is our guest on this week's Got Your Six podcast.

Finding success and living life to its fullest is only possible if you get back on track. Mike Steadman's three takeaways can help you recover from adversity more quickly and with a new sense of purpose.

1. Trust yourself.

Being able to put your faith in one's own abilities is a tremendously liberating experience. It shows that you know who you are and what you believe in. As a result, you'll have the self-confidence to pursue your dreams and fulfill your life's purpose.

Having faith in yourself allows you to build on your own strengths and make decisions based on those strengths. The inertia you need to get back on track is created by not blaming yourself for every mistake and instead focusing on what you can learn from it.

2. Stack the wins, no matter the size.

Celebrating small victories are essential for success. The ability to recognize and appreciate one's accomplishments on a small scale is critical to one's overall success. When pursuing long-term goals, such as our biggest dreams, we run the risk of becoming discouraged, demotivated, or simply worn out. In order to keep track of your progress, it is important to acknowledge your small victories.

3. Build a system for high-performance.

Building systems is the best way to ensure that your efforts toward your goal are carried out consistently. When you have systems in place, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable and develop the work habits and abilities necessary to perform at your best. By requiring you to show up, you'll develop pattern recognition, which will allow you to better respond to any challenges that may arise in the future.

The small but critical things that matter are often neglected when things get out of hand and feel out of control. Everything will come to a screeching halt if the systems and habits you've established and reinforced don't function properly.

Entrepreneurs and high-performers tend to take on more responsibilities, and sometimes this means sacrificing established habits and systems. In order for us to succeed, we must experience some discomfort. However, this does not rule out the possibility of speeding up the passage of time and bouncing back quickly so that our goals can come true sooner.

Support a battle buddy feeling overwhelmed and lost right now and share these actionable insights so they can take on the adversity in their path and get back in the fight.

Into the breach!

Tony Nash

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