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Sep 19, 201712:45 PMThe Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Summer's gone, and it took our mojo!

I’ve been at a couple networking events recently, including an industry trade show, where the prime topic of conversation centered on what a great summer it’s been and how hard it is to get back into the swing of things.

Many folks are not looking forward to giving up long weekends “up Nort” and lazy days on our beautiful lakes. But despite a recent warm spell, fall is making itself known, beginning with brilliant yellow-gold trees. There’s no doubt that it’s hard to leave summer behind.

The word “mojo” conjures up several different definitions. A common one is magic charm. Mojo can be also qualified as power, energy, “get up and go,” moxie, courage, boldness, or focus.

Managers, leaders, and the people responsible for a business’ success have to make sure their mojo is replenished daily. When you’re enjoying time off it’s typically hard to get back into the normal mode of work, so this might be time to “fake it till you make it.”

Since most folks tend to take their mojo for granted, when they lose this power they can easily fall into a black hole of weariness and lapses in concentration. However, with the fourth fiscal quarter knocking at the door for many businesses, leaders have to find ways to recapture their mojo, and get workers inspired and stoked for the coming season.

After listening to how many local business leaders are dealing with their attitude adjustment following a nice relaxing summer, here are a few suggestions for getting your enthusiasm back based on the things I’ve heard others are doing:

  • Hang out with positive-thinking peers and mentors, and talk about the things that make being in business a good thing. Have an early morning coffee “therapy session” to give yourself a shot in the arm. Get excited about talking about work again.
  • Instead of focusing on having to give up the fun, start focusing on igniting the fire that helps the energy flow go from boring to exciting.
  • Get a life/business coach. Many professionals I know are working with coaches that help them to see the forest for the trees. A coach can also help with laying out a new strategic life plan.
  • Shake up the routine.
  • Hold a brainstorming session with other local business friends. Create a “mastermind” group of local peers that helps each other to improve in business.
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Comfort zones tend to keep us mired in the status quo.
  • Get a “happy lamp.” I’m personally very grateful that a local business friend turned me on to this. With the coming season of shorter days and longer nights, folks who prefer sunshine can get through the winter blues easier with the help of Happy Lamps that emulate natural sunlight.

Everyone has days when it feels like the magic is missing, and we’ve all had times when the “get up and go” has got up and went. Now that fall is here, it’s time to embrace some of the above steps to get your mojo back and get ready for the big push of fourth quarter business.

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