Imagine, if you will, that you weren’t you.
Let’s say, instead, that you’re actually a personal manager.
Not a Personnel Manager, but a Personal Manager: the kind of individual who works alongside a movie-star, managing their life for them.
You know the kind of thing; you’d make sure everything worked like a well-oiled machine for your client, so they could spend all their time doing things like making movies, taking part in publicity activities, and generally being movie-starry.
Now, you’re employed as manager, not a therapist, but what do you think you might do if your client gradually began to slide into a trough of not wanting to do much?
After all, it’s your job to keep them productive (and making money, probably, because if their income drops off, so could your own job security).
One simple strategy could be to think of things they’ve done in the past which made them feel positive, and suggest they do them again.
Not exactly rocket science, is it?
Has spending time in the countryside worked for them previously? Help them plan a short trip out of town.
Have they thrived in the presence of certain other people? How about arranging that they get together with them again soon, then?
Has exercise helped them feel good in the past? Schedule time for them to go swimming, perhaps.
If this all sounds nice but impossible (who could afford the luxury of a personal manager?) step back into your own shoes.
The good news is that there is in fact someone who can act for you in this role – and that’s you.
How do you do this?
One simple tip is to think about yourself as if you were someone else – that personal manager.
What would they suggest?
What would they recommend?
What would they plan for you?
You probably instinctively know some of the answers, so why use one or two of them next time you need to?
Perhaps (sadly) none involving the charter of a private Lear jet, however.