The 4-Step Process to Getting Your Inspiration and Drive Back

“Mojo”. “Inspiration”. “Get up and go”. “Motivation”. “Zest for life”. Whatever you call it, you notice it big time when it is no longer there! Your inspiration and drive are important because this is what drives you and is crucial for pushing you forward. Losing your this becomes a problem because you feel uninspired and quite frankly, you cannot be bothered to act. When it is gone, it’s hard to climb off the sofa, let alone go out there, shine to the world and build your business empire!

When I have lost my inspiration and excitement, I notice that the dangerous negative thought of “I can’t be bothered” replaces my normal eagerness and passion. This is bad. I haven’t read one success story in Forbes or one autobiography of anyone successful in their field declaring that they made their goals on a feeling of “I can’t be bothered”.

You might have seen in previous blogs and content of mine that unlike most life coaches, I am not a fan of motivation! I don’t believe motivation is the driving force that will achieve the success you are after. If you rely on motivation and feeling inspired to push you towards your dreams, it isn’t going to work because there are going to be days when you are tired and feeling lazy. Therefore relying on motivation alone to push you to success is dangerous! You need other aspects, which I personally think are more important, such as time management, habits and working forward to achieve small goals.

Here is my simple to follow four-step process to getting your inspiration and drive back.

Four Steps to Get your Drive Back

Step 1: Get your health & mindset in check

Step 2: Make a plan

Step 3: Start small

Step 4: Build a habit

Step 1: Get your health & mindset in check

Step 2: Make a plan

Step 3: Start small

Step 4: Build a habit

Step One: Get Your Health and Mindset in Check

I know you probably weren’t expecting this, but I KNOW that when you don’t have your health (mentally and physically) in place, you won’t have your inspiration and drive. I know the healthier, fitter and more vibrant I feel, the more of a “let’s do this” attitude I have. The bottom line is your health matters if you want to achieve your goals.

You’ve also got to have your mindset in check and in the right state. For me, I call this a “success mindset”. This is about having a ‘growth’ mindset, improving your self-talk and believing that you can. A growth mindset is what American psychologist Carol Dweck talks about in her book Mindset. She says people with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed.

Health and mindset are often overlooked when it comes to getting your inspiration or drive back, but actually it is the first and most important step.

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Step Two: Make a Plan

One of the worst things I find when I lose my inspiration is that overwhelming feeling of knowing I want to get going again, but how?

It feels paralysing because I don’t know where to start. We’ll cover that more in step three but step two is noting down ALL the areas you need to get a grip on again.

The key to this is to ‘brain dump’ all the things you want to get going on, regardless if you think you can or when you can start. For example your list might look like: get back to going to the gym four times a week, start eating my five-a-day again, making time for your favourite hobby, reading a book a month, meal-prepping for the week, etc etc.

This helps because it is no longer swirling around in our minds, taking up valuable space and energy.

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Looking to get your mojo back. Brain dumping is a cathartic way to gain clarity and find out where to start.

Step Three: Start Small

One of the worst things I find when I lose my inspiration is that overwhelming feeling of knowing I want to get going again, but how?

It feels paralysing because I don’t know where to start. We’ll cover that more in step three but step two is noting down ALL the areas you need to get a grip on again.

The key to this is to ‘brain dump’ all the things you want to get going on, regardless if you think you can or when you can start. For example your list might look like: get back to going to the gym four times a week, start eating my five-a-day again, making time for your favourite hobby, reading a book a month, meal-prepping for the week, etc etc.

This helps because it is no longer swirling around in our minds, taking up valuable space and energy.

Step Four: Build a Habit

Rather than relying on motivation, build a habit! Taking the book writing example, it might help if you make it a habit via routine. For example, every evening after dinner, you block out time for your writing.

It is important though that you don’t try to incorporate more from your list until you have cemented a habit and got your drive back otherwise you will overwhelm yourself. In fact, it could even have a negative impact, as you try to take on too much, get overwhelmed, beat yourself up about it and then that plunges you further away from achieving your goal!

Habits are what gets you success and my blog 4 Easy ways to create good habits explains four easy ways to start creating good positive habits.

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Your Inspiration is Like a Magnet

Like a weird magnet, once you have found your passion and inspiration again in one area, it will have a positive impact on another area. For example, getting back on track with the gym will leave you feeling energised again, which will inspire you to achieve new goals work and at home. It will make you more productive so achieve more in less time. It becomes a positive cycle!

So here’s to getting your inspiration, passion and drive back in every situation! Remember to follow these simple steps of and see how great it works for you.

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You can't get your mojo back without your health and the right mindset.

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