Don’t know where it could be hiding?
Can’t even remember when you last had any?
Fret not, buttercup. It’s happened to the best of us. Which is to say, it’s happened to all of us, at one point or another.
Today’s post will not only help you find your mojo, but also finesse it, fluff it back up, and wear it proudly.
A Confessional Aside
A few years back, I lost my mojo — right about the time I found out I was going to have to move. Keen observers can probably even find evidence thereof in the posts I wrote during that time. Each one required approximately as much pure force of will as pulling your own teeth out with pliers.
So this post is like therapy for me.
What Drove Your Mojo Into Hiding
Life drove your mojo into hiding.
It’s all so much, sometimes. It’s the big stuff and the metric crap-tons of little stuff. It’s the not-knowing and the don’t-caring and the procrastinating and the fear. It’s the biz stuff and the life stuff and the personal stuff.
It’s stuff soup.
It’s natural. It’s inevitable. It doesn’t mean you made a mistake, launching this dream of yours.
It means you’re human. (Well, most of you. Some of you, I dunno …. jury’s still out.)
It means you’re doing things right, mostly, but you need to reconnect with a few simple truths.
How to Find Your Mojo — The Mindset Stuff
As with all things productivity related (and how can you get your shit done if you can’t even work up the tiniest sliver of enthusiasm, so it’s ALL productivity-related), recovery starts with the business tool you keep lodged between your ears: your brain.
More specifically, your mindset.
When you’ve lost your mojo, you’ve lost connection to your Dream.
Not your dreams, mind you – little “d” stuff you think about idly when you’re waiting in line at the bank and the post office.
No, your Big-D Dream.
The Thing that drives you forward towards its warm embrace.
The Thing that, if you hold it in your mind for any length of time, produces a sensory tsunami of awesomeness — The Thing you can see, smell, touch, taste, hear in your mind with your eyes closed.
What was that Thing again?
Bring it back into your consciousness. Review your journal, if you wrote it down back then. Write it down now, if you didn’t.
What you’re after is a reconnection to the feelings that Thing produced inside you.
What if – gasp! – you discover, to your horror, that it isn’t your Dream anymore? That your Dream changed on you?
That’s cool. It’s totally cool. Say goodbye to the old one, and get to know the new. Explore the contours of the New Thing.
Do this a couple of times a day, every day, for a week or so, always always always focusing on the feelings — the emotional response.
How to Find Your Mojo — The Little Things
And this is the part where I give you a gazillion little adjustments you can make to help you reconnect with your Dream (or connect for the first time with your New Dream, whatevs). Pay attention now. Ready?
- Change your locale. If you work inside, find a sidewalk cafe with wifi.
- Take walks. Lots and lots of walks. No music, nothing to distract you. Just walk, and engage your senses.
- Wash the dishes. Warm soapy water, the repetitive motions – these things will actually help you get out of your head and start reconnecting with your heart – which is where your mojo lives, after all.
- Try a new recipe.
- Play the internet version of connect-the-dots. Start with something you’re mildly curious about. Find a site about that something. Look for another thing that it references. Find a site about that thing. Keep going, hopscotching from one thing to another, using only your level of interest and curiosity as a guide.
- Throw a dance party for one. Gangnam style and belly dance are my two go-to’s. Your mileage may vary.
- Spend time with a kid, preferably one between three and five years old.
- Sleep more.
- Sleep less.
- Take a new path to some location you travel to frequently — grocery store, office, whatever.
- Speaking of grocery stores, find one new food there and eat it.
- Go buy a coloring book and crayons. Get creative.
- Even better, buy a cheap watercolor set and some thick blank paper and go to town. No editing or critiquing. Just have fun.
- Go play on the swings at the local park.
- Play with a medium- to large-sized dog. (The little ones tend to make folks anxious.)
- Write a letter to God, pouring out all your frustrations and asking for guidance.
- Write Her response back to you.
- Try yoga.
- Try Zumba.
- Try laughing at yourself trying to do Zumba.
- Take a long hot bath to ease your sore muscles after Zumba.
- Write a poem.
- Drink more water, and much less caffeine.
- Take jumping jack breaks.
- Take naps.
- Forgive yourself for not being perfect and “on” all the time.