How Mark Grace Taught Me To Bust Out of Slumps

How Mark Grace Taught Me To Bust Out of Slumps

Momentum is a funny thing; I like to call it “MOJO!”  I see it come and go in sporting events all the time.  A team is playing “lights out” and all of a sudden…BOOM…you can feel the blood rush away from them and the other team starts to get the MOJO!  It’s like a landslide.  When it’s good, things get great.  And, get great in a hurry!  Life is like this as well.  At least I’ve been finding myself feeling that way lately.  I feel like things start to get on a roll and everything just starts to click.  You start closing deals, getting awesome feedback, finding parking spots, and then…BOOM…a failed deal, a rejection, a mistake, and everything is poisoned.  It all goes to hell and you just want to hide from the world.

Yep you’re now in a slump.  Everything begins to fall apart.  Everything is wrong.  No parking spots.  The milk is gone, yet the carton is still in the fridge. You get sick.  You get collections calls, rejections, and life just seems like hell on earth.  When those times hit I always think of my man Mark Grace.  He is one of my favorite baseball players of all time and of course a Chicago Cub great.  Now this quote is may be a little much, so I’ll apologize for any hurt feelings upfront.  Not that it helps.  But this quotes sums up what you feel like you need to do to get out of king size rut.  I give you the “SLUMP-BUSTER,” as told by Mark Grace.

“A slump-buster is if a team’s in a slump, or if you personally are in a slump, you gotta find the fattest, gnarliest, grossest chick and you just gotta lay the wood to her. And when you do that, you’re just gonna have instant success. And it could also be called jumping on a grenade for the team.”

Now ladies this goes both ways, so feel free to take that troll in your world and do your worst!

Of course, I’m not going to advise you to do something such as this.  (At least not publicly!)  But sometimes, a happy hour, day off, gym session, vacation, and whatever else you can think of is just what the doctor ordered.  In my experience, the mind can break the neck of your success more efficiently than a paid assassin.  That’s why it’s best to get away from your issue and clear that gray matter.  And in my mind, mixing in a few drinks to that break can be the perfect remedy.  Allow you and your team shake off the problems and just “be” for a few hours.

Surprisingly to me, there are many folks that don’t believe in the MOJO.  That success is solely due to hard work and practice.  Of course, I agree that hard work and practice is critical to any career.  No matter if it’s on a field, court, or office, we are humans.  We have brains.  We will over-think things at some point.  When those inner demons and self defeating talk gets too noisy it’s has to be time step away.  It’s not an easy thing to-do, but it’s a must if you want to pull out of that nosedive.  Sitting and wallowing in the mess will only give more to clean up when the clouds eventually clear.

Please share about how you best like to shake off the bad “MOJO” and/or slumps?  Drinks?  Walk?  Vacation?

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