Lost your mojo?

Have you ever heard about the term HORSE MOJO?  

The Mojo is that thing that drives you; and in the horse world, your Mojo is what took you down a road considerably less ordinary than many others.

Your horse mojo lead you down a path that you hoped would lead to high job satisfaction, but probably left you with almost zero job security, high stress, and daily risk of injury.

Wages are minimum and work hours are maximum. Why would any sane person pick this career?

Well. Your mojo made you do it!
Your Mojo and that wild passion for anything horse related that burned inside you since you were a child...

So, what happens when you lose your mojo. What happens when you no longer desire to do the thing you always loved? What happens when you no longer want to ride? No longer jump out of bed to feed your horse?

If you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed-out, drab, exhausted, uninterested or lackluster, you may have lost your horse 'mojo'.

When you lose enthusiasm for what has always driven you ahead, it can have a knock-on effect on everything else in your life too. The magnitude of losing your direction in this industry, can be immense.

So whats a horse-lover supposed to do when they start feeling this way?

1) Address the stress in your life. 
Write down the reasons you no longer enjoy your career. Is it the job you don't like, or the people/external circumstances instead. If this is the case, perhaps you simply need to change job locations? If you come the conclusion that everything about this industry is lackluster to you now -then perhaps you need to start thinking about taking a career break. Ask yourself why you decided to be what you are. What made you a horse trainer and not a bank teller? Get a piece of paper and make a list. What attracted you to the job? Why is that attraction now gone? Can you get it back? Maybe you wanted to work on a specific project but got sidetracked? If so, can you rewind a bit and do what you wanted to do?

2) Pick a new hobby
You don't have to give up on your horses, but you can take a break from riding for a while. Think about one sport or hobby you wish you had time to practice/learn and make a conscious plan to find time to do this activity once a week at least. It will clear your head, help you meet new people, and give you the energy to make a decision on where you wish your life would go. Physical activity also helps to battle the effects of stress, keeping you both mentally and physically strong so your confidence isn’t derailed.

3)Read motivational/ self-help books and eat well.
These are great for anyone struggling to understand where their direction has gone. Turn off your phone and take a digital detox -instead, purchase two or three good books and dedicate time to reading them daily. Start eating properly (horse people are notorious for eating on the run -and not paying attention to their diet). You feed your horses supplements, so why not take care of yourself too?

4)Consider your plan B.
Its always good to have a plan B. I think anyone in the horse industry should always have a side hustle (some small part-time job they can fall back on in the case of injury or job-loss). This could be teaching English, babysitting, dog walking or freelance writing). If you don't have a side hustle, start thinking about one now!

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of travel when you are going through a period of confusion. Travel does not have to be to another country - it can simply be another region or another town. Just make sure it is somewhere you have never been before.Travel is the fastest way you can grow as a human being and turn your life into an inspired one. 

6) Spend time with non-horsey or work-related friends.
Be with the people that don't remind you of what you are no longer enjoying. This sounds harsh, but you need to put yourself first - and spending time with clients or workmates that only want to talk about horses or work, will make you feel worse. Find the most positive people you know (preferably those that have nothing to do with your current workplace) and make sure not to talk about work. Talk about other things, ideas, future plans - but not work. Not horses. Not what makes you unhappy. 

And after all of this you are still feeling lethargic or down in the dumps, don't think twice about talking to your doctor for his advice.  

So don’t just talk about changing, do it. Take control of your confidence and you’re bound to see your happiness level increase significantly.If you choose to ignore that inner voice, then you will become exhausted to the point that you will hate your job and everything associated with it.