I’m feeling right now like the Iowa men’s basketball team. They have a decent record of 21 wins and 7 losses. They have a winning record in the month of February, something not done for a number of years. They’ve won three games at the end with some simply amazing shooting.
They’ve lost their mojo. Those wins are against the bottom half the conference. Tonight, they got stomped, 90 – 70 by a team that’s NOT in the bottom half the conference! Big difference.
I’m feeling that same way. I’m feeling like my mojo has gotten up and wandered off. It’s not a real good feeling, that one where you just don’t feel like yourself. I’m either being reactive or feel like I’m running in sludge. Nothing is in focus. Part of it is due to, you guessed it, snow. Last week I wrote about a snow day, and this week another. The blizzard was not good to us here in Iowa!
Part of it is just not feeling connected at work like I have in the past. Asked another teacher if she’s feeling connected this year, and to my surprise, she said, “No.” So that one is not all me. Others feel it too.
So, what do you do when your mojo is gone? Tonight, it’s writing about it. Tomorrow, it’s going to spin class and running. Thursday, it’s slapping on a smile for parent teacher conference, with maybe a TINA meeting afterwards. Friday, it’s volunteering in my wife’s transitional kindergarten class. Saturday, who knows, it’s supposed to snow again!
We keep plugging away, trying to find that magic cure, but often, it’s in our own habits. My wife is reading The Energy Bus, and there’s tons of good mojo to be found in that book. I could drive with a purpose? Think with the end in mind? Be proactive? How many different motivational quotes could I use??
Or I could just say, “I’ll do better tomorrow than I did today,” go climb into bed, and dream of a better tomorrow.
That, my friends, sounds like a plan! So, I raise my glass to you, whether you’ve got your mojo right or not. We all struggle, and I just want you to know, I see you, I understand, and I’m with you.
Here’s to a better tomorrow!
February 27, 2019 at 6:13 am
I’m feeling the same way right now. It’s nice to know it’s not just me.
February 27, 2019 at 8:03 am
Nope, not at all. I feel worn down with a lot of things happening around me, and my fellow teachers have that similar look about them. However, there’s always a way out, just keep looking forward.
Our mojos will be found, eventually! 🙂
February 27, 2019 at 9:47 am
I love the idea of making a plan for the week on getting your mojo back. I often just make a next-day plan, but this is smart! I was feeling the same way, but we get a mid-winter break in NYC. Does your district have one? After teaching in WI (without one) and NY (with one), I understand the huge difference it makes. Every district should have one to break up the Jan-April stretch!
February 27, 2019 at 11:16 am
Sigh, it feel this way every year along about the end of February. Here’s to less snow and more energy. or if you get more snow, find a way to embrace it (or ignore it)! How about a good book, a cozy blanket, and a cuppa your favorite drink? And remember spring is closer than winter!
February 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm
Here’s to less snow, more energy, and just more sun in general! 🙂