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Online Business Marketing Success with Nicole DeanOnline entrepreneur Nicole Dean teaches internet marketing tips and strategies. April 11, 2014 By Nicole It’s another Expert Briefs, where I ask really smart business owners to answer your burning questions.
You’re so dug into the projects you’re working on that you don’t feel you can come up for air. Eliminate all the unnecessary activities you added simply because they sounded like good ideas at the time. Then create a weekly and daily growth plan to take another baby step toward your vision every day.
Either find a mastermind group or connect with a mentor proven to help others move forward.
I also can get zapped if I’m spending too much time doing the tasks and projects best left to someone else (like customer service).
Sometimes I lose my mojo and sometimes I lose my vision… both have a similar effect on me. When I lose my mojo for business, when it all feels like it’s been said or done before, I seek to spend time with newcomers. When I have mojo but lack vision on where to go next, I seek to spend time with successful contemporaries. I did get it done (about 10,000 words), and Author’s Quick Guide to Having a Successful Book Signing was released on time. Accountability—My coach issued this challenge to me, and she checked in to see how my progress was going. Mastermind—I’m part of a small mastermind group and we had our bi-weekly check-in meeting Wednesday morning. Left-Brained Activities—Some might call it procrastination, but during my “off kilter” time I played in the kitchen with raw food recipes (and ate a LOT of chocolate), put together office furniture, ran errands, worked out and pretty much did everythingexcept write. Right-Brained Activities—When I felt my mojo start to return, I fostered it by playing with LEGOs, playing with my cat and playing with food (a left- and right-brained activity). The fact is, all writers, entrepreneurs, artists—well, pretty much everyone who’s ever embarked on a large project like writing a book—loses their mojo once in a while. No one can say when your mojo leaves, how or when it will return. When my mojo flies the coop, I chase it down and tackle it in a few different ways and drag it back, even if it’s kicking and screaming. My friends touched on many of the things that I was going to mention, so I’ll come at it from another angle. I’ve found that the best thing for me is to do something that gets my right brain kicked into gear. So for over a year, I’d been going too fast, taking on too much, and a few months back, I just burned myself right out. I don’t care how old you are (teenager, just out of college, thirty-something, middle-aged, whatever), write a list of things you want to experience before you die. Take a pilates class, ride a roller coaster, go boogie-boarding, jet-skiing, bowling, hiking, roller-skating.
Erin Lane is a corporate marketer turned stay at home mom to a six year old son and three year old daughter. My daughter comes running up to me on the preschool playground, tears streaming down her face. I’m going to bet that 90% of you (probably more) have shopped on Amazon, the Internet mecca of shopping sites. A study was recently shared on The Today Show suggesting that naps after the age of 2 may be detrimental to a child’s overall sleep. This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. This site is published by BabyCenter LLC, which is responsible for its contents as further described and qualified in the Terms of Use. Here are 6 things to do right now that may just help you uncover a little bit of your sparkle. Hi Erin, thanks for linking to our blog and we hope it’s given you hope that Winter is almost over. One day you feel fine and normal, and the next day you’re adrift, shipwrecked or marooned.
Without your mojo platform under you, you have no will to send out resumes, and if you do blast out a few, they won’t hit their mark. Here are nine activities that will help your mojo return to you and buoy you up the way it did before your disruptive changes showed up. We tend to treat our bodies like beasts of burden, mere conveyances for our powerful brains. Being in fitness I myself have faced the flunk, it’s just that my flunk didn’t turn into quitting, that’s where i’m here to help. Cheat on your old Routine, if you’ve always worked out in the evening change it up and get your abs out of bed a little earlier for a morning workout. Fake it, we’ve all had nights we weren’t feeling that ended up being the best roll-in-at-5am nights of our lives. So proud of you for keeping it going, you're totally right, as soon as you're bored changed it up and do something else! You know and follow the expert writing advice: set a schedule, push through resistance, keep at it.
In fact, probably less time than you spend poking around on Facebook or perusing Pinterest. Are you drinking at least one glass of water for each cup of coffee or caffeinated beverage you consume? The human brain is 70 percent water, and this needs to be replenished to operate effectively. Yet, depriving yourself of needed nourishment will eventually result in frequent illness, aches and pains, and sluggishness. Before you sit down to work (or before you go to bed), prepare a few healthy snacks so they’re ready for you when hunger hits.
Study after study shows that a regular mindfulness practice results in increased productivity, sharper memory, and a flow of creativity. I finally made the commitment to practice for just five minutes a day, which I soon increased to 10.
If you still balk at setting aside even 10 minutes, try incorporating mindfulness into something you already do. Remember, a writer’s most important tool is a well-rested mind, one that is ready to explore, examine, and express. Sarah O’Leary is a writer and wellness coach on a mission to empower women feel vibrant, look radiant and finally step up to their dreams. It only take a little bit of a break – but on a regular basis to keep that writing flowing. The reason why people get so tired and don’t have energy is they have trained their bodies to be weak. Hey Darnell, I agree that more vigorous exercise certainly yields better results – both in fitness and in your generating energy. So, I stand by my recommendation: if the pain of heavy exercise isn’t for you, baby step your way to exercise! I have a difficulty finding time to take a break particularly when I’m beating deadlines.
Drinking water and stretching a little may not seem like they could make a significant difference in your energy and motivation but they certainly work for me. Yes Liz, it’s so true that a simple thing like water can make a huge difference in that motivation level. I actually believe that corporate offices should provide napping chairs and encourage power naps for their employees.
One thing that’s critical for me, though, is limiting the amount of screen time I expose myself to outside of my working hours.
I do always try to take a few moments when I’ve returned from my run to jot down the inspirations that have occurred to me.
LOL, yes as I commented above the trick is to actually get UP from the power nap after 5, 10 or 20 minutes. It’s true that we must be vigilant to plain old resistance disguising itself as the need for a break. I’ve been going through the process of turning pro, working on my attitude and work ethic, working on my desire to match my life to the vision in my head. Awesome, I love that movement it the top of the list, nothing gets me more in the mood then exercising!

The Pomodoro method is a great way to schedule in those all-important breaks during your writing day!
It might be buried beneath the burdens of raising kids, making lunches, making money, commuting, those extra few pounds and all that jazz, but it is there. My long simmering ember was threatening to be extinguished for good when I took that fateful leap last May 2014 and registered for an Endless Biking Course. Now I am integrating my mojo into all aspects of my life both work and play and it feels GREAT. She also interviews other successful internet business owners to find out the secrets to their online success. Look at the problem from a different situation and remind yourself what it is you love about what you do. You’re overwhelmed because you’re taking on a whole bunch of activities that aren’t essential to your vision. Once you’ve written that down in detail, work backwards from there to what you want to accomplish in the next 90 days. Don’t keep participating in any forum, group, or club where it quickly becomes a pity party of how hard it is out there.
Despite being an introvert, I love the camaraderie that comes from events like NAMS, where we get to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. I think the difference between a professional and a hobbyist is that the professional shows up whether their mojo is in the house or not. They shine a light on my potential and make me realize I’m bonkers to not live up to it.
Telling them what I was up to helped renew the spark of excitement I had when the project was brand new two weeks before. Avoid loss of mojo in the first place. Have a vision and understand that what you do impacts other people. If all of the above fails, write a blog post about getting your mojo back and then you’ll talk yourself into getting your stuff done. There comes a point when you need to surround yourself with other people as hungry as you are for upward success! This is my first visit to this place and am quite impressed by this particular post cos it’s just what i needed… keep writing Nicole!!! Either I personally use them or I would recommend them to a close friend for their online business. Whatever it is, it has to be about you, for you, and does not include you doing anything for anybody else. If so, what did you do to get it back? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below. Her debut book, Small as a Mustard Seed, has been heralded as “a superbly-crafted and reader-engaging novel” that will “run you through an emotional marathon at a sprinter’s pace.” Learn more about Shelli here.
This weekend while driving home from seeing my grandson being born, I turned up the great rock songs on my ipod and sang along. And many congrats on finishing up a second draft of your WIP ~ I know completing it got your mojo going. But I’ve heard it said a lot that you have to give to yourself before you can give back to others.
After spending eleven years in an office, she’s now mastering language development, creative play and toddler tantrums. After being on this earth for 37 years, I know that there are friends for a lifetime and friends for a season.
I’ve read all the Veronica Roth books and was anxious to see how the second book in the series played out on the big screen.
In fact, it’s been snowing for eight straight hours now, which means the entire city is shut down. Some of them are a really big deal; others are small, first-world problems, but stressful nonetheless. For the last ten years, I’ve been privy to new strollers, diaper bags, high chairs and all sort of innovation. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. The kids have spent way too much time on my iPhone, their LeapPad, playing Disney Infinity etc.
With a baby in tow I took my four older kids to 20+ weekly activities from ice skating and swim lessons to Brownie scouts, violin and soccer. To allow it back in, you have to go in a different direction from the go-go-go Get it Done!
Your body is in charge, and the more care and respect you show your body, the faster your mojo will return. Write your autobiography in your journal or draw a picture that shows your path since childhood. Volunteer for a cause that moves you, or help job-seekers at your local job advice resource center. Pay attention to every message you get, whether it’s a dream, a surprising incident or an off-handed remark that strikes you as notable.
Pay attention to everything around you, from the quality of the sunlight to the way you feel in social and business situations. Mother Nature loves a curve ball, and the more you can give up on your old, fixed identity and step into your possibilities, the more powerful you will be!
I’ve had workouts turn out the same, now I’m not saying I drank alcohol on the treadmill and danced under the squat rack until 5am but for some reason my flunk became funk and I had the best workout of my life.
Have you ever taken the time to look around the gym and see just how hard everyone’s working?
Unlike most I need chilled out tunes to help me control my breathing, I love finding new playlists or tracks that push me through those last few reps.
How can you possibly take a break when you’re already behind with projects or deadlines? When your last brilliant new idea blossomed, were you sitting at your desk, flogging yourself to keep going? A change in focus replenishes those creative and intellectual synapses, priming you for another session.
This can be as simple as a walk through your neighborhood or as elaborate a fancy new workout routine at the gym. Even if you don’t fuel your writing with caffeine, how often to you remember to slake your thirst? It works wonders when your brain shuts down and you can’t come up with fresh words or the solution to your story conundrum.
Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, release whatever problem you’re struggling with and let your eyes close. You might get away with such habits for years, thinking you’re saving time by not fussing with food preparation.
All of which will keep you from producing the stellar writing you know you’re capable of.
It turns out that 10 minutes a day is enough to derive some of the amazing benefits of meditation! I challenge you to give it a try for 21 days and see if you notice a difference in your writing. When you take a break, and pause to focus on something different, you will return to your writing newly energized, clear, and with fresh inspiration. I just write and write for long hours without taking too many brakes then wonder why I find it hard to focus!
Sit in your most comfortable napping chair, with the cookie sheet on the floor and the spoon in your hand, resting on the arm of the chair, so that if you dropped the spoon it would hit the cookie sheet.
I’ve found that even that instant of sleep can get me through the push to finish a writing session before bedtime. I think our screens and devices are the new addiction of the 21st century – and it may turn out that this addiction is as destructive as other unhealthy addictions! I agree that if we can discipline ourselves to take a break from the computer and other screens our writing will benefit! Something about that rhythm, the fresh outdoor air, being in nature, getting the heart rate up. That’s why I advocate trying to head that off at the pass and taking just a few minutes every hour or so to un-crunch, stretch out and bring some oxygen into the brain! Stretching out on the floor is good way to keep yourself from overdoing this rejuvenating technique.
We writers can sometimes let that care for ourselves drop to the bottom of the list – the writing rules!
We forget this essential wisdom sometimes – when our inner slave driver wants to crack the whip and tell us to keep going.

My little rationalization compartment in my brain tends to seize on things like that and says, “You really do need a break.
I guess that what be a good indication – if you’ve already had one five minutes ago! Sometimes just resting quietly and letting my mind do its work gives great results, even if I just stay in bed for 20 minutes after waking. And I’m super happy that you’ve found more helpful information over on my site! For example, taking one day off writing per week, and going to an awesome seaside vacation for one or two weeks once in a while. Or you find yourself going through the motions but deep inside are feeling lost and directionless? Your mojo might be a wee ember and it’s barely smouldering, and all you need is that one thing to make it spark again. Of course, the shenanigans that often happen after the sessions are the most fun and really help to restore my mojo when I’ve been running on empty! A day or two of down time can re-charge my batteries and get me ready for the next big project. Then I have to realign my task list to better reflect the projects I’m excited about. With a little brainstorming and planning, my forward vision gets a jumpstart and I’m off and running again. If your #1 goal in business is to profile AND make the web and the world a better place, then by not running your business, you aren’t making the web and the world better. Seriously – good vitamins can really affect your entire mood, energy levels, and overall outlook on life, the universe and everything.
I have my team (assistants, customer support, writers, designers, etc), business partners, my family, my coaching clients, and even my dogs dependent upon my success. I have cards and printouts by my desk from people who have taken the time to send me words of love. However, if I have been cranking out the work and I truly would be better served by relaxing, I can consider not completing the work.
I know that I still care about many of my friends from high school, college, my first job, etc.
We ended Christmas Eve by packing up the XBox, Disney Infinity and Minecraft and putting them in a closet for the foreseeable future. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. You don’t have the fuel that every ambitious project needs – a job search, most of all!
My mojo came back when I gradually stopped focusing on my desolation, feelings of failure and general suckitude and started exploring new things. Turn your attention to something completely different, whether it’s painting the garage or helping your cousin launch her business.
When you recall and reclaim the events in your past, it reminds you how far you’ve come already.
Your flame is in your body — your mind gets the mojo boost that comes when you let your body take the lead. When you help someone else, you’ll remember that you know a lot and have wisdom that makes a real difference for people. When you realize that are you are fine and always have been, that the job was just a job and that bigger adventures are waiting for you, your mojo will come roaring back. Never forget that you are amazing and powerful with or without a title and a business card. Whenever I feel uninspired I look out for those beautiful people that make me proud to be human. When you push past those warning signs, your work suffers, your creative process flags, and – worst of all – you lose the joy of writing. With practice you will drift off and awaken surprisingly refreshed when the timer goes off. If you’re wondering how to start, take a look at Mary Jacksch’s article on how to meditate at Good Life Zen.
Download her free ebook, Pathway To Radiance:Self-Care Stories and Strategies from 50 Empowered Women. This has countless negative effects on your health, not to mention your motivation and energy level. It allows me to totally drift into rest and relaxation without having to worry that I’ll fall asleep for an hour or more. Which is usually easy to do because 10-20 minutes is not enough time to go so deep into sleep that you have to recover. For some months now, just to get a lot of things done, I eat in front of my laptop and though I feel full, it seems I still get tired earlier than before. I use the Pomodoro technique and timer to write for 25 minutes and take a break of 5 minutes in between, every time. I’ve been using that a bit myself lately, and I do some movement and stretches in the 5 minutes.
Or perhaps you have gone through some significant life events and your life as you have known it has changed forever? The old is gone but the new isn’t entirely clear. I don’t have the luxury of crawling into bed too long before I have to get my butt up and get busy getting things done.
Otherwise, if growth is slow and steady, you may not realize that you’re moving forward unless you have a way to look back. These are from past coaching clients, friends whose lives I’ve touched through my work, and colleagues. I was anticipating it being an elementary school thing, but apparently it happens in preschool too. Well that is exactly what happened to a 26 year old single mom in North Carolina this past week. I was baptized, received First Reconciliation, First Communion, was confirmed and even married in the Catholic Church. The behavior is completely in line with his age and development, but infuriating nonetheless. I was going to eat healthy (er), exercise, drink more water, get new make-up, invest in my skin, make time for myself, my husband, my friends, etc. I was depressed and directionless, with no flame to fuel whatever projects I might have come up with.
One day tumbled into the next, the baby gobbled enough milk to take off the extra weight and little by little I started to feel normal again. You have everything you need to rock the house – we’re all waiting to celebrate with you! I do get ideas when I’m doing other forms of exercise, but running seems to bring me the most. The quest I am on is discovering how working hard can coexist with taking care of our one and only bodies.
You have more questions than answers, if you are even clear about what these questions are.
Some days I feel like sitting down to work, and some days I feel like curling up under my covers and reading junky novels.
When I do, I do my best to apologize to my children so they realize that even grown-ups mess up. Journalling opens a channel to your higher self, the best possible guide in your reinvention! He featured it as one of his 50 secrets of magic craftsmanship and attributes this type of nap as a means of lucid dreaming to opening up his most creative self.
Accept your life the way it is, right now this very minute with warts and all, then work at fixing what’s broken, one thing at a time. I set a timer for, say, every hour and just get up and do some stretches, jumping jacks, or some other physical activity.
I actually have to really push myself to get up and away from my project, but when I do I’m always amazed at how my mental energy has increased. I’ve been pregnant four times, two of which resulted in my amazing, beautiful children.

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