Get your mojo back
Posted on May 21, 2012 by Sarah Jaggers
I wonder if this is familiar to you: you develop your skills and qualifications, embark on a career, settle, perhaps raise a family, busily meet your family and work commitments, and then one day you think “where am I in all this?” or “what about me?” or “where am I going?”. If it is, you’re in good company.
Our early career/life dreams and aspirations are sometimes dulled and ‘mislaid’ by the competing demands of daily responsibilities and the passage of time. Very often, it takes an external event (such as redundancy, the children leaving home, the illness or death of a friend or colleague) to make us pause and realise that we’ve lost something – perhaps some degree of drive, passion or interest. One of my clients described this as having “lost her mojo”**. It’s curious that we can plod along, inured to the blandness of our lives for some time before the trigger event which brings us up sharp, and which causes us to realise our discontent. At that stage we have a choice – to plough on and remain unfulfilled and discontent, or to do something about it. Either way, the genie is out of the bottle.
Taking time out to reflect, take stock and explore new goals and opportunities is a powerful, life-affirming experience. It’s often enough to put the ‘zing’ back into your day and the ‘mojo’ back into your life. As the coach who works to help others achieve this it’s what puts the zing in mine!
My personal coaching programmes are run to help others rediscover their ‘zing’. In partnership with the client, we work together to assess strengths, values and needs, uncover/develop new aspirations and goals, and develop a focused new way forward. This involves deep and insightful questioning and challenge, and can lead to powerful realisations and self-knowledge about who you are and how you can ‘be’ your true self. The result? You are re-energised and your needs are more realistically and rewardingly balanced and met, along with those of family, work and so on.
If you have lost yourself to the demands of family and work commitments, perhaps you will also make the choice to address the situation, and get your mojo back!