By Kate E. Stephenson
Despondent (adj.): feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom
Stress will shut you down after awhile. When you continuously try so hard yet continue to fail, eventually it becomes more and more difficult to rouse your disappointment and numbness sets in. Then depression. Then despondency.
Whoa! This is the wrong train to be on. Get off at the next station before you get to that unproductive destination.
Pacing is the strategy for success.
Any athlete will tell you that you have to save your energy, only putting out maximum effort at the right times. It’s the same with everything else in life. You don’t put 100% into a fledgling relationship. You don’t pile up three plates at the buffet. You don’t power full steam ahead with 100 job applications in one week. You will quickly burn yourself out.
Slow down, take a breath, and plan—in increments. Set realistic goals and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to accomplish them. Factor in milestones and congratulate yourself when you reach them. Celebrate. Every victory deserves a moment of reflection.
Last but not least, don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember everything is small stuff.
Don’t believe me? Just think about the last thing you stressed over, was it worth it now that you think back? Didn’t think so. Everything is small stuff.
Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses writing, editing and resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language! Insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language, Lexicon is all about how we talk, write and communicate—even non-verbally. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy the weekly updates her on Lexicon!