Being in a funk has to be one the worst feelings there is.
Call it what you want— being cranky, feeling depressed, or just stuck in a season of your life. Whatever the case may be, we’ve all been there, and even bought the T-shirt too. But get ready to learn how 1-minute can get you out of any funk.
But how do you get out of that funk?
What I’m about to share with you is something that is a bit of a secret. Professional boxers do it. Bowlers do it. Even Gamblers do it. And you know what? You can do it too! And best of all— it only takes a minute, (yep, that’s right), a minute. So, get your game face on. It’s time to get you out of your funk!
The first time I observed this technique in action, I wasn’t even aware of it. At the time I was working at a Starbucks in Seattle. My wife was about to give birth, and I was a new, green apron-wearing barista.
A 40-something female executive came walking in through the doors, and was obviously having a bad day, and decided to take it out on this poor little cashier gal I was working with. In true jerk-face fashion she said, “Uh…. Are you new or something? Why is this taking soooo long? …Oh my gosh. This is unbelievable.” Frothing some two percent, I almost began frothing at the mouth! I stood there— dumbfounded.
After the customer walked out the door, she was almost in tears.
All of us there were waiting for her to say something. She took a deep breath, looked up at the ceiling, put her hands on her hips and said, “We’ll… I’m not letting THAT LADY ruin my entire day. As she pointed at her chest she said, “I’m going to have a GOOD day!!” And then just like that, she just went right back to whistling while she worked. To me, that’s amazing.
Do you believe that?! She changed her state! All in a minute! What could have been major incident ended up being something that didn’t even ruffle this little gal’s feathers. What could have been a funk that may have ended up lasting a day, week, or a month— ended in a minute.
How did she do it?
During the last 20 years, I’ve observed the pattern in many people and professionals. Once you know what the experts do, and see it repeated over and over, you begin to pick up on it, and say, “Wow, this works?!” So, how do professionals, and multimillionaires, like Daniel Negreanu, (The World’s #1 Poker Player), stay in control, and not get stuck in an ugly funk? How did this Starbucks cashier do it?
How to Get Out of Any Funk in Under a Minute
1. She changed how she Breathed. (Tightness of breath brings anxiety, and is indicative of fear)
2. She changed her Vision. (Remember how she looked up at the ceiling?)
3. She changed her Body Position. (Hands on the hips was a sign that authority was rising-up in her)
4. She changed her Language (Words). (Stay silent, and you’ll stay in your funk)
Now, am I saying, “Just start breathing weird when you’re in a funk and start staring at the ceiling.”? Of course not.
You need to interpret it for yourself, and see what works for you. Some will take a deep breath, then remember the ultimate vision for their life. Then they’ll go for a walk, and start to pray. Four separate steps is all it is. Simple. And you can do it too.
It didn’t take months or years— but just a minute.
Here’s my question to you: How do you, personally, get out of your funk?
Have any tips to share with the rest of us? Leave a comment below and let us know how 1-minute can get you out of any funk. Our community of fellow strugglers is growing. And you never know— your comment could really help encourage someone out of their own personal funk.