How to Find and Finesse Your Biz Mojo When It’s Been Wrangled and Wrestled Into a Sobbing Pile of Mush By Reality

by Annie

in energy & well-being

Toy Holmes and Watson figures with magnifying glassHave you lost your mojo?

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, snowflake.

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 Vision.

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.

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Sharon Hurley Hall January 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

You know, I’ve been meaning to try Zumba, Annie. 🙂 Seriously, though, the part that resonates most with me is that it’s totally ok if the dream has changed – we evolve and so do our aspirations.
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Tea Silvestre January 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love it when you call me ‘Buttercup.’

But seriously, I’m working on the forgiving myself for not being perfect part. Sometimes I feel so far away from perfect that just being above average sounds like a good goal. I hadn’t really thought I was the type to let that whole perfectionism thing get to me, but in these wee hours of the morning I see it does…
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Carol Lynn January 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Stuff soup! That’s got to be a classic. Leave it to you to make me laugh while reading about big bad ugly topics of frustration and anxiety.

Full disclosure: my house is only clean when I’m having a bad day. Sometimes it simply sparkles. Sometimes you just open the windows and pray for the best. The whole “wash dishes” thing is true. Doing those sort of brainless tasks are really helpful. Especially if you put some embarrassing music on in the background really, really loud that normally you wouldn’t want anyone to catch you listening to (Neil Diamond ::cough::).

Love your statement about getting acquainted with the New Dream! That can be tough because we get really attached to doing a THING, especially if we’ve told ourselves how important that THING is, and it’s hard to be like… eh, done with that… moving on…

Oh I’ve had those moments. I might be having one now! And zumba would be way better for me than Oreos anyway.

Thanks for entertaining and enlightening as always 🙂
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Nick Armstrong January 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

When I’m so stressed out that I can’t think, my first instinct is to go clean the house. I suspect my wife takes advantage of this, but I’ve never been able to prove it definitively.

It absolutely helps to take walks, zone out, do something artistic… but the thing to remember is: CREATIVE WORK IS STILL WORK.

In almost every case I’ve been so stressed out that I can’t think – I hadn’t chunked a big project down into its constituent parts. So it became vague what needed to be delivered, what needed to happen next, what I could consider “Done”.

So one of the biggest things I’ve started going is defining “winning”. When am I done? When have I sufficiently hit the requirements of this work? etc..

Great post Annie, welcome back to your mojo! 😀
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Clare Price January 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Ok, so I want to see the video of Annie doing Gangnam style. Can’t wait! Seriously though every single one of your suggestions for getting MoJo back is a winner. The only one I have tried that is a time burner for me is the curious Internet search. Too addictive! Thanks for giving us a real solid list of ideas for beating the biz blues.
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Sandi Amorim January 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

My personal favourite? Try laughing at yourself trying to do Zumba 😉
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Melanie Kissell January 31, 2013 at 12:08 am

FAB list of Mojo magnets, Annie! 🙂

When things went rough on me last year, my mojo got up and went. (That’s probably not grammatically correct, but who gives a rip?!) LOL!

Putting on some music (usually a You Tube music video of my favorite male vocalist or country rock band) and dancing in my chair or around my office (my bedroom) does a lot to get me moving … literally and figuratively. Music, to me, is like this universal motivator that almost magically and instantly pulls you out of a funk. And it’s a whole lot cheaper remedy than therapy.

I’m stealing the “stuff soup” line! Love it.

Call me “snowflake” or “buttercup” any time you like. 🙂

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SandyMc January 31, 2013 at 4:57 am

Annie, just love your writing. If flows and sweeps you along up and down swirling around with the vicissitudes of life, you so aptly capture with your word pictures. You’re so visual in everything.

Letting go of the big D dream when you’ve learned to do it, is easy. But before you learn, it smashes you about like a little boat in a heavy sea. Sigh. I wish we were born with these life lessons embossed on our brains, but I guess they would be meaningless if we hadn’t experienced them first.

Finding my mojo is about digging in a bit of dirt. Recently I’ve been experimenting with a ‘no dig’ garden and propagating my own seedlings. There is something delicious about watching little green seeds popping out of the soil. I’ve planted some ‘sweet baby lettuce!’

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Nicole Fende February 1, 2013 at 4:25 am

Yes I want to see Annie do Gangnam style. Yes I’d love to learn Zumba and cackle at myself through the whole thing….

Ok, now on to the Dream with a big D. It’s weird, because I never realized before I was losing sight of it. I never realized that my mojo was flat like yesterday’s Coke because I was so preoccupied with all the little stuff I forgot to reflect on the big picture. The vision. Thanks Annie.
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Laura Petrolino February 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Such fun tips! I’m printing this out to have by my desk when I have a MOJO emergency!

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evan austin February 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

Of COURSE you know I love, love, love your list of suggestions! The part that resonated most with me though was to stay connected to the EMOTIONAL response to the Thing/Dream/Vision. That can seem airy-fairy, but it’s coming from you, so we all know it’s well grounded, well tested, and ultra legit. I’m gonna be thinking – no, feeling! – about that going forward.
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Someone February 16, 2013 at 4:56 am

Ahh, it’s been a while since I dropped by, nice to know there’s still a flowing stream of usefulness from these posts.

(I’m not sure what I was going for there. Humor, maybe? Either way, good stuff.)

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