Down on the Dumps? – 9 Ways to JumpStart Your Life to Success!

I’ve been in a slump lately. Finances haven’t been good. My husband and I are having trouble with bills.



I’m done with my chores and assignments for the day. But instead of wasting hours on the TV again, something in me told me, that I should find solutions instead of wasting time…


So I turned on my PC, and started researching. I lost track of time, but, I must have read over a hundred articles today. My head is spinning now– dizzying.  But before I sleep, I figured I should share some solutions that stuck with me.

Like they say, if you write it down, you’ll remember it more.


So this is me, writing it down.

Here are 9  ways to pick yourself up and jumpstart your life for success!!



1. Buy a book or download an e-book about something that will motivate you everyday.

Because if you are in a slumped (like me), the mind becomes depressed. And when the mind is depressed, it will crave pampering. But, the mind’s way of “pampering” is… to watch sad movies and eat a gallon of ice cream.

Instead, read or listen to something that will motivate you for the day. Hey, it worked for me. I could’ve wasted today with a bunch of corny telenovelas, but instead, I’m writing. :)


2. Start a journal of your daily progress and update it everyday.

Progress will happen, but in order to recognize it, you have to record it. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as simple as a one sentence note. Like, “tracked expenses for the day” or “wrote 3 articles today” or “applied to 3 online jobs today” etc. Simple.

Some days, you’ll be more productive than others. On some days though, it won’t even have anything to do with money (like, “cleaned the house today” or “cooked a delicious steak“), but the important thing is, do something positive every day and write it down. It will make you feel good, trust me.


3. Make goals and re-write them every day.

This is the Alma mater of all ‘success books’ like, ‘think and grow rich,’ ‘the secret,’ how to make millions, etc.

It all boils down to the simple fact of writing down your goals, and tweaking them (for the better) from time to time. I don’t know the exact science behind this, but I know it works.


4. Get a quick dose of human interaction.

People cannot live alone. Human beings are not designed to be alone. Our DNA does not permit us to be lonely. We will die if we do that. No matter how much of an introvert you are (like me), you will still need a small dose of social life.

And I’m not saying we should party hard tonight, no, that’s just an escape. Keep it simple, like, coffee with friends, grocery with family, or just take a walk outside… seeing other people interacting is enough.


5. Track your finances and start saving.

Is your daily Marlboro sucking your finances? Is your daily Starbucks draining your wallet? Are your unnecessary “eating outside” keeping you from saving? Then you need to start cutting useless vices out and start saving. Now.

I know it’s hard cutting out smokes, coffee and lavish resto eating, so just take the first step at least. Smoke only half a pack today, brew your own coffee, and cook your own food. If you don’t know how to cook, Google it. :)


So start tracking every penny that you spend or save. Record every transaction in a small notebook, and by doing it, you’ll begin to discover patterns you never would have found out otherwise.


6. Practice and improve your current skillset.

If you don’t have anything better to do anyway, turn off that telenovela and write! Or read, or cook, or whatever it is that you want to do for a living.

Isn’t it obvious? I could have just laid back on the couch and encouraged my slump, but instead, I figured I’d be more productive if I opened my PC and read (and feel less depressed in the process). Note: Now I’m writing!

Another note: Close that facebook page too! It’s slowing you down!


7. Sleep.

Maybe you haven’t gotten much sleep lately (like I did). Worrying will keep you awake at night.

Sleep is the body’s way of repairing itself. Take a nap, give your body a chance to heal itself.


8. Find somebody to help.

I’ve just read from a source (I forgot the site), that the biggest “rewarding” feeling a human being can ever achieved is, when they help somebody else. Whether you help your neighbor take out the trash, helped your auntie slice the ingredients, or gave a few coins to that random beggar, you will feel good.

Moms feel the best reward when they’ve successfully raised, nurtured and TLC-ed their kids. The point is, it has to be somebody else! So stop pampering yourself and go find somebody else to help.

Karma can be your biggest blessing or your biggest curse. What you do for others will comeback to you tenfold.


9.  Start acting like an adult.

Adults take responsibilities.  So stop assigning blame, don’t look for excuses. Only kids look for excuses, and they always assign blame to others.

Show maturity. Focus on what YOU CAN DO. Don’t try to change others. Make level-headed decisions, take action, then be ready for any consequences.

Remember, when consequences come, accept responsibility. Don’t make excuses, don’t blame other people… instead, learn.

Learn, be a better person, and succeed!


There you have it, 9 ways to jump-start your life for success! I hope this helps. Boy, did this pump me up.




About stella

Stella is an aspiring writer. A mom working a fulltime job, but still finds time to write. Update: I'm unemployed right now, taking a break. Spending a lot of time with my loving family. I'm so happy.

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  • Jamie Santos

    Nice! keep it up!