Finding Your Missing Mojo
Yesterday I lost my mojo. Everything felt hard. Heavy. I had hit the wall. My normal positive-joyful self just seemed to take a hiatus leaving the husk of my former being sitting at my desk. It was a long day.
Sometimes the “reasons why” our mojo wanes makes logical sense and sometimes not so much. I’ve learned that diving and splashing about in analytical exploration rarely leads me back to my best self. While I may feel like all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a spoon and a jar of Nutella, luckily my brain knows better. When my mojo goes missing it is a call to action.
Now…I’ve spent years honing the secret formula that does the trick. I would love to tell you that my mojo-ignition-formula will have the same effect on you as it does me, but sadly there are no guarantees in life. I highly recommend you invest the time in unlocking your own solution. But, because you’re you, I am willing to share what works for me.
It’s quite simple really: Nature + Exercise + Connection = “She’s baaaaaack!”
So this morning, even though it was only 24 degrees outside. Even though I was running late and have a million things to do, I walked. I walked in the sunshine. I breathed in the fresh air. I walked with a friend. We laughed. We solved all the world’s problems. And afterwards, as I crossed the threshold into my office, I felt like myself again.
My husband used to do a lot of long-distance cycling, and yesterday, when I shared how I was feeling, he said it reminded him of how he felt during the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride he’d done many times. He said when you’re riding for 200 miles, there is always a point when you hit the wall – usually it’s toward the end – when you’re sure you can’t go any further. When everything in your body is screaming, “Stop!”. And on the other side of that, if you push through, you find that as you cross the finish-line you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow. I could have gone another 20 miles!”. You’re re-energized.
I don’t think bringing our best is always an easy ride. I think there are days when it feels hard. It doesn’t matter how successful we are or how fancy our title, nobody is immune. It’s part of being human. That if we’re committed to going the distance we’re going to hit a point of fatigue and lose site of how far we’ve come. The question to answer isn’t “why it happened?”, or “whose fault is it?”, or even “what can keep it from happening?” – as if you’re doing the miles you’ll feel the pain. The better question in my mind is “what will keep me in the ride?“.
Sometimes all we need is a little mojo. Knowing how to find it, when it goes missing, is key.