Do you ever feel like you've run out of fuel for something you're trying to do in your life, even though you were super gung-ho when you set out? Over the past couple of months I've been battling a mojo-deficit in the Gumption Guides project; full of ideas and plans and starts that are full of good intention, all of which were sabotaged by a lack of will to follow them through.
Of course I have all the usual excuses about other work, obligations to various people, things that desperately needed doing on my property...busy, busy, busy, only so many hours in a day, etcetera. But if I stop and listen to what I tell other people (I do listen sometimes) I have to admit that putting Gumption at the bottom of my priority list was a choice I was making. Why? Because I was just plain worn out with the constant effort of creating momentum for it.
Just recently I began rising from the ashes and realized this is a really normal aspect of doing anything that requires tenacity of heart and effort. In the tsunami of to-dos, our sense of the rewards get lost. Sometimes you go into the mojo barrel for your daily dose and discover - holy crap! - there isn't any left.
So what's a girl to do? In my case, I let myself play hooky, kind of unintentionally at first and then with acceptance. I whined to my cheerleaders - which isn't very productive but felt good at the time. Then, when I'd had enough of resting and whining, and started actually missing the purpose I feel with this thing, I started looking at past feedback from people who've gotten something out of Gumption. Digging those rewards out from the tsunami debris reminded me of why this effort is worth it.
Every entrepreneur knows that having a good why is indispensable for generating forward movement.
Then there's that whole business of how taking a step leads the universe to unfold in the same direction. Strange and way more woo-woo than I generally get into but I can't deny it, that phenomenon is actually a thing. The latest proof: just as I was doing my slo-mo return to activity, the universe delivered a scheduling incentive - a speaking gig that put me into hyper-drive about getting all those ideas and plans in place that I've been ignoring. Like an emphatic, cosmic kick in the butt. Thank you, higher powers. Making a commitment gets action out of me like nothing else.
Now the speaking gig is done, a new course is out, my rebranding is complete, and the next round of plans and ideas is underway. My mojo barrel has been replenished through action, interaction, connection - and (maybe most importantly) the much-needed rest I gave myself before all that action. Sometimes we just have to cut ourselves some slack.
That's how I got back into gear. I'm pretty sure a lot of you have had mojo lapses yourselves and I'd love to hear how you get over them. It's a good bet I'll need those tools again in the future!
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