How do you keep doing that thing which you are supposed to do with excitement when you are actually depressed on the inside? How do you smile and keep greeting your customers when underneath you don’t even know why you are working and your motivation is gone? How do you give your partner a kiss and be loving when you are hurting inside?
It’s not easy and you may want to give up but in those tough situations, you have to almost drag yourself through it for the benefit of others.
For example, greeting your customer with a smile. Don’t you think that your customer who is innocent and oblivious to your hard time still deserves decent service? And your partner. Doesn’t he deserve a loving smile and kiss from you because maybe his day was worse than yours? And your business or project that you so enthusiastically started and gotten a couple of people involved in, don’t those people deserve not to be let down by you?
I’m not saying that you should put yourself second to them, but what you need to do is acknowledge them and their needs and use them for your motivation. Again, be careful not to place yourself second, be gentle with yourself and your needs but utilize someone else’s need and your desire to take care of their needs as your motivation to keep going.
Do you have a moment or a few days of weakness that you can remember? I’m sure you do. How did you keep yourself going despite the emotionally difficult time you were in? I’d love to know.