If you can think back to a time when you were in the flow, you would likely remember a certain fluidity of life — maybe in your business, your personal relationships, your health, your skill or talent, or all of the above. But when we get out of flow, we often wind up feeling as though we’ve lost our way (or our mojo) and how do we get back in flow?
I can tell you one way that doesn’t work, and that’s trying to re-create the old situation.
It’s human nature to think, “what did I do last time?” and try to replicate the outcome, but unfortunately, it rarely works.
Consider that you are not the same person you were, and it was not an identical situation (though perhaps similar), and the solution you came up with last time (the one that worked so well) was likely an inspired idea. Inspired ideas, by their sheer definition, are nearly impossible to re-create.
You would be best served to simply get inspired. Get out of your head, shake up your routine and let the inspired solution find its way to you.
After all, being inspired is a big part of getting into flow. The word inspiration means “to breathe life into” and who among us couldn’t use a little more of that?
One of my favorite movies is “Music and Lyrics” with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. I would describe it as a well-crafted rom-com about the evolution of a song. But there is a a great scene — a line when Hugh’s character (the sell-out, has-been musician) is impatient to finish the song and says something like “just one line, give me one line,” to which Drew’s character (the writer-turned newbie lyricist) responds, “I can’t do it. I’m not inspired” which angers Hugh & he winds up calling her immature and an amateur. Ouch.
Spoiler Alert: in the end, of course, she’s right.
What would it take for you to get inspired today? Whatever it is, big or small, go do it. There’s a reason you’re reading this right now.