Finding Your Mojo

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The other day my husband was on my Facebook page and someone’s status said they had ” lost their mojo.”   He had something like, “Is that their dog?”  Supressing giggles, I explained that no, mojo was not a dog but rather a word to talk about creativity.  When people say they have “lost their mojo” they simple mean that the creativeness that usually flows just isn’t coming.   Losing your mojo is not a good thing…and when it happens, you almost always want it back.

Recently ZenHabits posted a great list of ways to boost, regain, or maintain creavity.  Most of the time I am oozing with ideas (and I can SO relate to the quote at the end of the article : Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  — Lewis Carroll .) But I have moments of busyness (or pregnancy) when the creative ideas seem to have run dry.  Here are his suggestions for opening the flood gates again.  I especially love the ones in bold.

  • Play.
  • Don’t consume and create at the same time — separate the processes.
  • Shut out the outside world.
  • Reflect on your life and work daily.
  • Look for inspiration all around you, in the smallest places.
  • Start small.
  • Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft.
  • Don’t try for perfect. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.
  • Constantly make it better.
  • Ignore the naysayers.
  • But let criticism help you grow.
  • Teach and you’ll learn.
  • Shake things up, see things in new ways.
  • Apply things in other fields to your field, in ways not done before.
  • Drink ridiculous amounts of coffee.
  • Write all ideas down immediately.
  • Turn your work into play.
  • Play with kids.
  • Get out, move, see new things, talk to new people.
  • Read wildly different things. Especially stuff you disagree with.
  • Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
  • Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
  • Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
  • Then shut them off when you’re going to create.
  • Do it when you’re excited.
  • When you’re not, find something else to be excited about.
  • Don’t be afraid to be stupid and silly.
  • Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.
  • When something is killing your creativity, kill it.
  • Stop reading creativity advice, clear away everything, and just create.
  • Most of all, have fun doing it.

Good luck in finding you mojo!

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