About a month ago I lost my mojo. You know what mojo is, right? According to the Cambridge Dictionary it’s “a quality that attracts people to you and makes you successful and full of energy.”
I can trace it back to the day we lost our 12-year old Boxer, Harley. He was one of the best dogs we’ve ever had and his passing left a huge hole in my heart. Nothing else seemed to matter, I just wallowed in sadness. For those of you that aren’t close to your pets, you won’t get it; for those of you that consider pets a part of the family, you will.
Anyway, I lost my mojo. I failed to see the importance in important things. I lost my drive. I started focusing on easy, non-critical tasks. Lots of things just didn’t seem to matter. Well, that can only go on so long before things start to fall apart and something has to change. That trigger for change was yesterday. I decided to acknowledge that I’d been coasting for a month and that I needed a swift kick in the rear to get back on track.
What can we do to get our mojo back when we’ve lost it?
- Acknowledge and respect the event that caused the change. Give yourself permission to have changed your behavior for a while. We can’t be at 110% all the time. There are times we are just tired, fed up, frustrated, sad, angry . . . whatever. Once the trigger is identified and acknowledged, it somehow loses some of it’s power.
- Decide that “enough is enough.” Most of us can’t coast forever. Our families deserve more. Our business can’t support it. Take that first step toward change.
- Make a list of things that need to be done. Fortunately, and most importantly, my personal life was in pretty good shape, but I was way behind with business responsibilities. I’d not been keeping up on my weekly blogging, my newsletter hadn’t gone out, I’d missed some teleclasses that needed to be made up. There were just some things that NEEDED to be done to get back on track.
- Find an accountability partner to help keep motivated. I’m fortunate to have a fantastic coaching partner that let me talk through the process and helped me determine my next steps to get on track. For example, today I committed to sending some personal notes and writing a blog. When I get done with both of those things, I will be sending her an e-mail. It’s nice to have someone, besides myself, that’s interested in my success.
Yesterday I was pretty down on myself. Today, I feel like a new person.
Motivated. Encouraged. Successful. Empowered.
It was not an easy transition, but I made it. And if you find yourself in the very same place, you can get it back too!
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