You Lost It: 7 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back (Yeah, Baby!)
Below is an article from Forbes.com: Great tips for change and some solid advice on how to take action…
Embarking on something new is the most exciting, energizing feeling in the world. We get fired up and can’t stop talking about it, at least for a while. Then, inevitably, we hit a plateau. Stagnation sets in and we lose our mojo. For the purposes here, I'm assuming mojo refers to desire, passion, or motivation. Here are what the best of the best entrepreneurs and venture-backed CEOs do when they’ve lost theirs.
Change Your View: It’s time to leave the uninspiring, gray-walled cubicle farm and get some work done from the park, art museum, or college campus. Environment matters. We encourage our kids to play outside, so why not take our own advice? Challenge yourself to the 5% dare: switch it up for just 5% of your work week (only 2 hours out of a 40-hour period). Take calls while on a walk through the zoo, analyze a summary from a picnic blanket in the botanical garden. You’re bound to think differently than when staring at Excel from your desk.
Change Your Attitude: As Wayne Dyer pointed out and my colleague Dan Gilbert lives by, “You'll see it when you believe it.” Envision your “finish line” – signature from a new client, 15 pounds lighter, or PTA’s parent of the year award – and feel what it’s like to have attained your goal. Work backward to determine what it takes to reach that point. Setting small, incremental goals for each stage of the process will help keep you focused and your mind alert; before you know it, you’ll see the manifested outcome of all that you believed.
Change Your Patterns: Tuli Kupferberg wisely noted, “When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge.” Be brave! Buy that Groupon for the weird class around the corner – give it a whirl. Go to the gym after work? Try pumping some iron before you get to the office. If you eat at the same restaurant for lunch all the time, walk one block farther to check out a new spot. See what happens by just sitting on the other side of your desk, looking at a different wall or window. It’s a variety of small improvements that will increase your batting average dramatically.
Change Your Priorities: If you tell me that writing, raising capital, and spending time with your daughter are the most important things to you, that’s wonderful. However, if your calendar lists none of those activities and is instead filled with meetings for all kinds of other things, you are living a fantasy. Your calendar does not lie about where your focus and priorities are, so make it clear that you value your own time for the categories upon which you want to focus. Block out time for activities requiring your attention and adjust the rest of your day accordingly. Need to leave at 4:00 to make it to soccer practice for your daughter? Bring work home or get in earlier to make it happen. The only way to accomplish goals is to force them to the top of your to-do list. Robin Sharma phrases this perfectly: “Your daily schedule reflects your deepest values.”