Mojo: Passion, desire and motivation
We’ve all lost our mojo from time to time, you’re not alone if you’re feeling a little bit demotivated, deflated, and not on top of your game. If stagnation has set in and your mojo is nowhere to be found, I’ve got a few tips to help you get it back – yeh baby!
Get back to your ‘Why’
If you’ve had one too many unmotivated days and feel like you just can’t break out of the slump, the first thing to do is get back to your Why.
You’ve got to have a really compelling Why for your goal or mission. It’s gotta be strong enough to pull you out of bed in the morning and make you want to get at your goal. If not, it’s going to be really hard for you to be consistently determined to get up and do things.
Your Why needs to be charged with emotion; if your Why doesn’t make you cry, it’s not your Why! I created a video about Why You Need A Why; check it out here to help you with this first step in getting your mojo back.
Your mojo isn’t gone for good
You need to know you haven’t lost your mojo for real, it’s not like it’s never coming back. We all go through these peaks and troughs. Because: life.
It happens and it’s something you need to accept and be okay with.
Now you’ve got your Why and you know that this feeling of de-motivation is just a season, you don’t need to feel like it’s the end of the world! Your mojo isn’t gone for good, but it is time to call it back.
What action can you take to get back on track?
Connecting with your body and doing physical stuff is a super effective way to pump yourself up again. Put on some music and dance around like a crazy person and do some awesome power moves. Get physical to jazz yourself up and get your mojo back.
It might feel weird at first because you’re totally feeling deflated and the last thing you want to do is jump around doing superwoman power poses… but fake it till you make it baby!
It’s like when you make yourself laugh, but then you actually begin to laugh for reals at you making yourself laugh! The more you do to get your mojo back, whether you feel like it or not, the quicker it will return.
Switch up your environment
Are you spending time in an environment that’s inspiring for you? If where you work or spend most of your time is a messy, dull space – declutter and brighten it up!
Put uplifting quotes on the wall, create a vision board, put some photos up. Make it an inspiring place to be.
Get around positive vibes
Being around happy, inspiring people is just as important as the environment you’re spending time in. If you’re hanging around Eeyore type people who always mope around complaining, it’s doing nothing to help you fire up your mojo. Your tribe impacts your vibe.
Listen to positive podcasts or read some inspiring books. Feed your mind content that’s gonna make you feel like YES! I GOT THIS!
Don’t rely on external things to feel happy
Did you know you can actually choose to be happy; no matter what external circumstances you’re facing? Choosing a happy mindset is one of the most powerful tools you have to get your mojo back. A happy heart will impact all areas of your life, including motivation to keep going with your goals.
Don’t wait to get happy. Don’t link your internal happiness to external factors; don’t say “Oh, I’m going to be happy when I get this promotion or I’ll be happy when I make this much money.” Guess what? You get there, then you change the bar for happiness. Then you change the bar again and you never actually reach this nirvana of happiness. Constantly moving goal posts can suck the mojo right out of you. Choose to be happy right now.
Motivation is fickle, create habits instead
Motivation is a little bit like a muscle. You can only flex it so many times before it wears out and you just don’t have any left.
You can’t rely on motivation to be the only thing that pushes you to take action.
That’s why it’s really important to create habits. Things you do even when you don’t feel like it.
For me, when I was doing the challenge to exercise for 365 days there were days I really didn’t feel like doing it. However, because I’d built a habit into my life, I forced myself to do it anyway.
When you feel like crap and you don’t want to work out, or write the blog, or work on the presentation or make those sales calls, tell yourself you’ll just do it for 5 minutes.
Then once you’re in the swing of things, 5 minutes turns into 10 minutes and 10 minutes into 15 minutes and you begin to feel more energized and engaged in the task. Well… helloooo there mojo!
Action isn’t just the effect of your mojo, it’s the cause of it.
Building rock solid habits into your life to get you across that ‘5 minute mark’ no matter how you’re feeling, will have an incredible effect on momentum and bringing that mojo back.
I’ve love to hear what other things you do when your feeling like you mojo is nowhere to be found; come over to The Success Collective and share!
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