When is the last time your mojo was really working?
That beautiful moment when everything aligns and feel in harmony. When everything makes sense and the world makes perfect sense.
I know for me, it was last week – the first time for a fair while I felt healthy, happy and together. Finally recovered from the drain of my car crash, I felt my energy had come back.
It’s an amazing feeling when everything seems to fall naturally into place and the people you meet definitely get infected by your Mojo.
It also made me realize that Mojo is a pretty elusive concept – it can come and go like a willow the wisp. It’s hard to define what Mojo is all about.
Pinning down Mojo
All this pondering led me to the book Mojo by Marshall Goldsmith. Goldsmith is one of the world’s most sought-after executive coaches. He’s worked with business leaders the world over to improve their performance.
Although I’m only half-way through I’ve already found two great observations that really helped me to understand Mojo.
The first is his working definition of Mojo:
“Mojo is that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.”
This definition makes it clear that mojo starts from the inside. When our actions feel good and rewarding, we feel an inner glow. We need to feel positive about what we’re doing ourself first to find our Mojo.
Three simple steps to get that inner glow might be:
1. Taking care of ourself physically and mentally to build the positive energy we need for Mojo – when I was physically and mentally shattered my Mojo went awol.
2. Making choices around what we are doing that align with our values – taking opportunities to help others be the best they can be boosts my Mojo.
3. Creating a positive view on our circumstances – when I see the world from a positive viewpoint and pour positive energy into every situation, my Mojo rises.
The second thing I’ve loved so far is the distinction Goldsmith makes between Mojo and Nojo (the opposite state to Mojo where all is stuck and lost). The items come in pairs:
Mojo – Take responsibility Nojo – Play the victim
Mojo – Move forward Nojo – March in place
Mojo – Run the extra mile Nojo – Satisfied with bare minimum
Mojo – Love doing it Nojo – Feel obliged to do it
Mojo – Appreciate opportunities Nojo – Tolerate requirements
Mojo – Inspirational Nojo – Painful to be around
Mojo – Grateful Nojo – Resentful
Mojo - Curious Nojo – Uninterested
Mojo – Caring Nojo – Indifferent
Mojo - Zest for life Nojo – Zombie-like
The difference between Mojo and Nojo is enormous.
Using these ideas, I can ask myself how I’m feeling and acting today. If I’m falling into the Nojo column, it’s time to change my energy and approach.
The beautiful thing is that the more I act in the Mojo column, the more that radiates to the world.
And those Mojo vibes change the way the world responds.
Over to You
What happens when you are in your Mojo?
How do you find your Mojo?
What happens when you are gripped by Nojo?
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