About 10 years ago I lost my mojo. I was frustrated and just wanted to give up. My life was in a tailspin that I felt like wouldn’t come to an end. My marriage was incredibly unhappy. Support was sporadic. My four kids at that point were all less than 10 years old. All of them were dealing with developmental delays. One had been diagnosed with autism. And we knew that the oldest was also autistic, although at that point it was undiagnosed. I gave up and settled in my mind that this was how life was going to be. I began to homeschool my kids during this time and I was able to find some support from that. But even that was sporadic. Not everyone I discovered supports homeschooling kids with disabilities. But I did find some support. And a few people who encouraged me to push on. Those were the ones I leaned on. On the outside I was always smiling. Giving the appearance that everything was fine. But on the inside I was crumbling. I was getting sick so often. I was crying constantly at home. Sleep was almost non-existent. Depression was unbelievable. This would be the case until 2011. Finally, the day came that I couldn’t take anymore. It was fall, November I think, when I finally hit rock bottom. I was sick. And I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. On that day, I sat on my bed and cried. Actually I hit rock bottom. And it saved my life. That day I told God to either take me home to Heaven or help me get better. I started following Dr. Don Colbert that day and my life hasn’t been the same every since.
Crying out to God is something many have done. But only a few actually stick with it. What do you do when you’ve lost your mojo? How do you take your life back? This picture is a humorous way of dealing with this:
You have to decide that you are going to fight back. You may have to try some different things. But you can get your mojo back! So what are some things you can do?
1. Address the stressors in your life. Don’t pretend they don’t exist. In my life, one of the stressors was having kids with disabilities. I had to find some consistent support. And in time, I did. And over time I have developed some incredible friends who I jokingly tell they are “stuck with me.” These friends realize that I’m kidding over saying that, but also realize that I’m very serious.
2. Get a sense of humor. Learn to joke around. It is a great way to relieve stress which will help this.
3. Get a hobby.
4. Take an exercise class.
5. Hang out with healthy people. You will be like the five people you spend the most time with, so make sure that the people you hang out with are healthy: Mentally and physically.
6. Be positive! Find a way to be positive no matter the circumstances! Speak words of faith and life.
7. Use positive affirmations everyday! Speak them aloud. And frequently! At least once a day.
8. Eat healthy. Cut back on sugar. You will feel better and your mojo will begin to come back.
9. Read a book that makes you think! Currently I’m reading the book “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard. It is an amazing book! And is one I am recommending to everyone. By the way, you can learn from fiction too.
10. Learn about something that you are interested in.
11. Set some goals. Write them out! And be sure to put action steps with them and give yourself some rewards along the way.
12. What motivates you? Motivation comes from the inside. Not the outside.
You can come up with other things to do. This is a starting point though. You can get your mojo back because as Les Brown says, “YOU have greatness within you! Brainstorm on this and see if you can come up with other things you can do.