Growing up, I was a shy, quiet, nerdy little dude with pimples. And for some reason, as scrawny as I was as a kid, I insisted on wearing extra-large t-shirts.
My mojo was, you could say, not that strong. As if that wasn’t enough, I also picked up a couple of habits that helped me feel small, helpless and hopeless.
Like any normal human, those habits can still creep up sometimes when it’s least convenient. But thankfully, I’ve been blessed by amazing friends, teachers and resources that have taught me how to get out of that loop.
If you want to feel bad about yourself and take yourself out of The Flow, consider this your official guide. These methods have all been tested by me personally, so you can know they’re guaranteed to work. Actually, you can just do any ONE of these and you’ll find yourself needing some mojo rehab.
Want to keep your mojo overflowing with jazzy juice? Do the opposite of this list.
Take everything personally.
Be ultra-sensitive to other people’s comments. Know that it’s other people opinions that define who you are. If someone doesn’t like something about you, then it probably means you’re broken.
Never pay attention to how what you eat makes you feel.
Gorge on processed food, drink and eat loads of sugar. Never drink water. Eat really fast. Get drunk at least 3 times a week.
Reject any love and support that comes your way.
If someone tries to help you, always tell them “No thanks. I can do it alone.” Getting support from other people makes you look weak.
Be suspicious of everyone.
Know that the world really IS out to get you. Never trust anyone. Play small, because if you play big then you’ll be more exposed and people will just want to criticize you more.
Find as many ways to “check out” as you can.
Life is hard, and it’s more fun when you can just spend all your free time avoiding your feelings by surfing the web and watching reality shows on TV. Don’t forget junk food!
Only seek approval from outside of you.
It’s much easier to sit back and let love come to you only from other people. If no love comes your way from everyone you meet, then that probably means you’re not lovable.
Live the life that other people want for you.
Since other people truly know what’s best for you, it’s always a good idea to put their desires above your own inner guidance.
Listen to and believe every thought your mind thinks.
Don’t try to think thoughts that feel good to you. It’s much easier to sit back and watch the thoughts that your mind churns out. If you investigate you thoughts to see if they’re true, then you might risk feeling happy and peaceful. Who needs that?
Compare yourself to other people.
Remember that what gets posted on Facebook and Twitter is an accurate picture of their entire life. No one has bad days besides you. Everyone else is happy, rich, successful and in love all the time.
Never give yourself quiet and alone time.
Successful people are busy people. If you pause and rest, you’ll miss out on a lot of good things. Life is a race and the busier you are, the faster you’ll get there. There where? Who cares? Just keep moving.
Jeffrey Platts is a men's coach and authentic communication expert who is passionate about helping men create amazing relationships with women. With over 20 years of personal study and transformational training, he has led nearly 200 workshops and retreats on personal growth, dating, and communication. Jeffrey's work and writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post, ABC News, Authentic Man Program and the Good Men Project. He brings a rich toolbox of insights and experiences to his facilitation, integrating his adventures as DJ, amateur stand-up comedian, salsa dancer, yoga teacher and world traveler.