Have you been languishing in your comfort zone, feeling guilty for not firing on all cylinders? You’re not alone.
A recent article in the New York Times by Adam Grant suggests that many of us are in a holding pattern – not depressed, but not flourishing.
Let’s face it – this new ‘living with Covid’ is a bit of a downer and the relentless restrictions are big energy drainers. It’s no wonder that we’ve become lethargic and have developed some unhealthy habits in our cave of comfort.
There is hope though – similar to a hangover, this is a temporary condition, and it is possible to get out of this pattern and reclaim your mojo.
My inspiring business partner Dan gets up for his morning cycle at 5am and finishes his meditation, journaling and breakfast before his family rise at 7am. Now, I’m not saying we should aspire to live like Dan, but he is proof that with effort, commitment and consistency, it is possible to significantly lift your energy levels and optimism.
With a few simple strategies, you can get unstuck and find your mojo however, you will need to have a compelling reason for you to get started. If you don’t have a strong enough ‘why’, it’s unlikely you’ll do it.
1. Getting started
To find the motivation to begin, get clear about the benefits e.g. if I organise the night out with my friends, I will re-connect with people that make me laugh and feel valued. Getting started will take effort and commitment but you’d be surprised at how little energy it takes to get the ball rolling.
2. Conduct Personal Energy Audit
It’s useful to know where your energy comes from, as well as what drains you of energy. You also need to note the important things you don’t do because you lack energy. Answer the questions:
- What would I do if I had more energy and motivation?
- For this wish to come true, what will I have to start and stop doing?
An honest energy audit will set you on the path to reclaim your mojo.
3. Identify Your Blockers
It’s helpful to identify the things that stop you from getting into action and de-energise you. These blockers could be your self-talk, temptations, or bad habits. They can manifest as laziness, procrastination, avoidance, deflection, denial, etc. Identify these blockers and pick ONE that you are keen to change.
4. Identify Your Enablers
It is also important that you identify the healthy things that fill you with energy and enable to reach your big life goals. They can manifest in different forms like motivation, courage, commitments, and healthy habits. Pick one energy-giving activity that you do every day and notice how it makes you feel.
5. Set One BIG Motivating Goal
One of the best ways to overcome your blockers and embrace your enablers is to set ONE big goal that will motivate you to try harder and do better. Pick a challenge that will lift your energy level, something you’re good at, and set a specific goal in line with the challenge.
Once you’ve set the ONE BIG GOAL, break it down into tiny, small goals that will help you get there. For instance, if your big goal is to run a marathon, set a small goal of putting your trainers on and doing a 10- minute run every day for a week. You can increase the duration over time, so can see the progress you are making.
6. Hit the go button
It is time to stop thinking about the right things and start doing. The 5-second rule (Source: The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins) can help you in this regard. Instead of dwelling on your good intentions, start acting them out immediately!
Dan and I came up with a list of energising activities that are great for breaking unhealthy patterns and take less than half an hour to perform. Pick one or two that you will do every day, decide when you’ll do it, then schedule it in the diary.
- Dance like no-ones watching
- Pay it forward
- Gratitude diary
- Yoga or Pilates
- Sing along to your favourite music
- Watch a clip of your favourite comedian
- Go for a walk in nature
- Hug a tree
- Pop on your trainers and do some cardio
- Call a friend for a chat
- Go to the beach
- Put on clothes that make you feel great
- Journal your wins/achievements
- Take 5 deep conscious breaths
- Take a power nap
If none of these float your boat, get creative – come up with your own!
Reclaim Your Mojo and Live Your Best Life
These six steps will give you the boost you need to stop procrastinating and reclaim your mojo. It’s never as easy as it sounds so, if you need a helping hand, why not check out the Reset Program or get in touch.