7 Tips to Stay Motivated When You’re a Leader in the Midst of Adversity

7 Tips to Stay Motivated Leading in Adversity Infographic (800 x 800 px)(1)

If you are a leader in the midst of adversity, you need to know how to keep your head above the water. How do you keep it together and stay motivated when so much is going wrong?

Use these 7 steps to help shift your perspective, take a step back from the chaos, and get moving again!

1) Take a Break – do something else for a while! Go for a walk or take some time outside.

2) Accept Reality – accept where you are at. What’s done is done and there is no use in dwelling on what was or what might have been.

3) Reach Out – to fellow leaders who know what it is like to deal with adversity. Share your struggles with them. They will be able to give you practical advice that is based on their own experiences.

4) Watch a Positive Video – watch something uplifting like an inspirational video or movie, read a motivational book or just have some fun and dance around in your underwear (or not!).

5) Be Grateful – think about what you are grateful for, write it down and share it with others.

5) Reach Out – to your team or colleagues who are facing similar struggles as you. Share what works for you and be open to their advice or suggestions.

6) Get Physical – do some exercise like taking a walk, run around the block or just do some pushups in your room. If nothing else, at least do some stretching!

7) Take Action – Go do something positive! This could be taking on a new project or reaching out to someone who needs your help. Just go do it!

You can download the infographic version of these steps below. Feel free to download it and share with other leaders who are going through a difficult time.

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Note: This infographic is designed to help professional people who are going through a difficult time – in other words, it’s not for people who have serious mental health problems or for those individuals whose lives are tragically disrupted from beyond any control on their part. If you need more help than this post and the infographic can provide, please seek professional assistance.

One of the most important skills a leader has is the ability to stay motivated when things are going wrong. These 7 steps will help you do that!

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by Dr. Sara Baker


A leadership enthusiast, website and elearning developer, and believer that everyone deserves a workplace that builds and supports its people.

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