Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LOSING YOUR MOJO?

                                                MAIN IDEA

Mojo is generated the moment you do something purposeful, powerful and positive –
and the rest of the world recognizes it. It’s the feeling you get when you’ve delivered a superior performance you’re intensely proud of.

“Mojo is that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside. Our mojo is apparent when the positive feelings toward what we are doing come from inside us and are evident for others to see.”
– Marshall Goldsmith

Four key ingredients need to combine in order for you to have great mojo:
1. Your personal identity and self-image
2. The impact of your recent achievements
3. Your personal reputation with others
4. The level of acceptance you feel

When you appreciate and understand the interaction of these ingredients, you can get
to a situation where you will consistently maintain and build your mojo, both personally and professionally. The more mojo you have, the greater the personal happiness and meaning you will be enjoying in every aspect of your life. Truly successful people spend the majority of their time engaged in activities which enhance rather than diminish their mojo. Thus it stands to reason if you can deliberately engineer ways to increase your mojo, you position yourself advantageously to be even more successful in the future.

The four building blocks of a strong mojo:
People define the term “mojo” in many different ways. Speakers talk about having mojo when they’ve delivered an address where the audience hangs on their every word, agrees with every point they make and laughs at all their jokes. Sports people talk about having mojo when they are in the zone and performing exceptionally well. Others see mojo from more of a quasi-religious perspective. In total, mojo is all about loving what you do and showing it.

To have great mojo, four ingredients are necessary:
1. Identity – you must know who you are, what you’re about and what values you want to stand for. This is the answer to: “Who do you think you are?”
2. Achievement – you need to have things you’re proud you did. When someone
asks: “What have you done recently?” there’s lots to talk about.
3. Reputation – the scorecard others keep and use to evaluate your track record. This is the answer to the question: “What do others think of you?”
4. Acceptance – a sense of what you can change and what is beyond your direct control.

People with mojo understand the underlying realities of a situation and accept what
is and get on with things. They can answer the question: “When can you let go?”One way to understand mojo better is to contrast when you have mojo and when you don’t. If mojo involves having a positive spirit, then having an excess of negative spirit could be accurately termed “Nojo”. This often arises when people are bored with their jobs, jaded, frustrated about their career trajectory and so forth.

Identity: Who do you think you are? Achievement: What have you done recently?
Reputation: What do others think of you?
Acceptance: When can you let go?

The contrasts between mojo and nojo are:
Mojo                                                                    No Mojo or “Nojo”                                                                 
Take responsibility                                               Play the victim

Move forward and go the                                  Stay in place or do the
extra mile to achieve                                         bare minimum to get by

Love what you’re doing,                                     Feel obligated, try to get
appreciate opportunities                                     by with minimum effort

Inspirational and caring                                       Endure it and resentful
                                         
Zest for life                                                        Zombie-like