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by David Garland in David's Blog

It happens my friends. Sometimes you might just be getting that “blah”/”I’m not motivated” feeling. In fact, that is exactly today’s question that came in from Lisa for Ask David on DSG TV.

In a nutshell, Lisa wanted to know how the heck do you bust out of a rut? I know it might be hard to believe (hah!) but I occasionally get into one of these ruts as well. Shocking, right? 😉

Seriously though, I have a REALLY simple strategy to re-discover your motivation and take things to the next level. Check it out in this super quick video.

And I would love to hear from you in the comments. What do you do to bust out of a rut?

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  1. David – Like you, I’m a total fitness junkie. When I get in a rut and almost always it’s on the business side, I go for a super hard work out. On the business side, I have many limiting beliefs, thoughts that I can’t succeed, it’s too hard to do this on my own, I start slipping into a mediocre stage (usually lasts about 2 or 3 days). When I feel this happen, I go out for an extremely hard workout – and I have one strategy that I always use. I up the intensity by counting push ups, dips, sprints, whatever, so that I’m doing a little more than I did the last time. So, for example one week I’ll go for x amount of push-ups, the next week I make myself do x + 50 more, so I’m always increasing the intensity of the work out every week.

    For me, on the physical side, I feel like I can achieve any goal, and I’m right now in the best shape of my life. I find this gives me tons of energy, so I use that energy to give me business confidence. What I find is that when I do this type of workout it does a few things –

    1. It physically exhausts me so I am much more calm, feeling relaxed about things.
    2. Gives me confidence on my physical fitness side, so that I’m feeling more confident all around.
    3. Gives me an endorphine rush (I presume that’s what it is) because I’m feeling really good about myself, and feel like I can take on any challenge, even the most daunting business ones.

    It works for me, but I like your idea as well and I will also incorporate your strategy to find someone that motivates me and try and emulate some of their strategies, or successes.


    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Awesome to hear, G. I always find that to be true for me too. The body can cause a LOT of confidence and translate over to SO many other things in your life

  2. Blair Warner says:

    Good stuff on motivation and getting out of a rut. Thanks.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:


  3. Aaron Cason says:

    David, This is Aaron Cason from Atlanta. Thanks for the tip! It gets tough, but I know forward is the only way to go! Hope to see you soon!

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Always great hearing from you my man 🙂 Hope all is well!

  4. Sheila Viers says:

    When I start to feel myself slipping into a rut, I stop and ask myself WHY I am doing this, and then I journal about it. So meaning, WHY do I workout, WHY am I building this business, etc. That usually helps me tap into the true core, creative part of me and when I do that, and start listing all of the reasons why this thing is important to me, the inspiration/motivation typically fires right back up.

    I also use this as an opportunity to listen to my body and take a break if that is what I need. At the end of the day, there is always more to do, so you’re never really going to get “there”. So instead of getting burnt out, if you’ve been working hard for a while… if you give yourself a break when you need it, you give yourself a greater opportunity to enjoy the journey, rather than living by the myth that so many people live by – “When I get there, THEN I will be happy.”

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