Slump? How to Interrupt Yours

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It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.
Dale Carnegie

Slump? – How to Interrupt Yours

by Simon Tyler

We are all emotionally connected, to some degree, to the people and events around us. What happens in those outside events often triggers, what seems to be, an automated emotional reaction and from there thoughts, feelings and moods blossom. Are they always the most empowering and useful? Probably not.

The chances are, you are reducing your power of response, restricting your creative sub-conscious and adopting a weakened state. Your abilities to respond appropriately, to decide, to think in straight lines, to engage your full intuitive self are all in short supply. Not good eh?

In between the reaction process is always a physical shift, linked to your emotional sets of reaction. It could be a shrug, a frown or even some kind of slump. I’ve been noticing Slump Reactions for a while now, there are many varieties; shoulders dropping, head shifting down and chin forward, an exhale with a dropped curved back, and many more subtle but all of them notably slumpworthy.

It’s probable that you have refined and engrained your slump reaction for years, unknowingly, and with it comes the types of thoughts, feelings and moods that your powerful brain has attached to it. No matter how subtle or even undetectable it is by others, your slump reaction is currently setting you up for a chain of ‘less than your best’. I noticed the England cricket team recently ‘slump react’ when their match-winning batting star was out early, unsurprisingly (to me) the subsequent batsmen struggled to get their heads back into the game.

I noticed across a room the reactions at a business meeting to a particular corporate message, the subsequent break-out conversations were less creative or positively solution oriented than they could have been.

I challenge you for the next couple of weeks to begin to notice your slump reaction. Laugh when you catch it happening, interrupt it and chose an alternative, a more powerful upright stance, take on a good new lungful of air. Initially your brain may still throw up some reactions to the situations, but it will seem like you have height on the situation, can see it more clearly for what it is and actually have a choice.

After a week of interruptions you will start to notice a change in your moods and apparent capabilities in situations that previously would have annoyed, frustrated, flumoxed or even floored you.

Simon Tyler is one of the world’s leading business coaches who has helped business leaders and owners make life easier and more successful, he is an incisive consultant, inspirational writer, provocative public speaker and master facilitator. To learn more about Simon, visit

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Take on Simon’s challenge this week. What do you notice about yourself? Care to share?