As the world transitions into a new normal, with businesses opening up and travel on the rise, you may be feeling hopeful but still uncertain. Will life ever get back to the way it was? Will I ever feel the same way again? For many of us, life pre-pandemic looked vastly different. Those healthy habits that we had developed are now a thing of the past. Many of the goals we set may be a distant memory. Although we may desire to go back to the way things were, getting there seems insurmountable. Our desire to change may be overshadowed by apathy. We’ve lost our mojo.
Regaining mojo requires more than a desire to change. Let me give you an example…
At some point in your life, you or your spouse may have lost your job or had to take a substantial pay cut. In order to make ends meet, you had to make significant lifestyle adjustments. Cooking meals at home replaced frequent dining out. Gym and wine club memberships lapsed. Watching movies at home replaced going to the theater. If you had continued with your higher standard of living, you would have been unable to pay the mortgage or utilities. There was a sizable pain point that motivated you to change your behavior. You may have desired to maintain your higher standard of living. However, the pain point of losing your home and being delinquent on your bills was greater than your desire to stay where you were. When it comes to making lifestyle changes, the pain point of not making the change must be greater than staying where you are.
Let me ask you, how badly do you want to make a change? If you desire to lose weight, what will happen if you don’t re-establish healthy habits? You may require larger size clothing. If you have larger sizes already in your closet, that may not be a strong enough pain point. Will you require medication to manage diabetes? Will you experience increased joint pain, possibly requiring surgery? Will you be at a high risk for heart disease? Maybe you have a big trip planned, that will involve a lot of walking and outdoor activities. Will you be able to comfortably participate in those activities?
If you struggle to make desired changes in your life due to weak pain points, it may be time to re-evaluate your WHY. Your WHY is what sets you apart from everyone else. It’s your purpose. It’s what inspires you to take action. Your WHY is tied strongly to your vision. Your vision is your dream of what your ideal life looks like. It’s not about money. It’s about what you want to be remembered for in this life. How you will make a difference? When you have a clearly defined WHY and a laser focused vision, your actions will follow suit. What you think about becomes your belief system. What you believe, influences your behavior. How will you feel when you reach your desired weight or achieve that bucket list goal? Can you visualize what your life will be like? How will others respond to you? How will you make a difference? When you can answer these questions you’re well on your way to getting your mojo back.