How to Develop Personal and Professional

How to Develop Personal and Professional “Mojo,” Part 1


What is “mojo?”

As defined by Marshall Goldsmith, business expert and best-selling author, “mojo” is “that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts on the inside and radiates to the outside.” Mojo is that moment when you feel as if you are “on a roll,” at the top of your game. It comes from the fulfillment of finding happiness and meaning in our personal and professional lives.

Marshall Goldsmith offered a number of personal stories and suggestions for developing mojo—and avoiding its exact opposite, “nojo”—during his CIE Webinar “The Positive Actions Leaders Must Take to Start Winning Again” on Wednesday, April 14, at the Thompson Conference Center. Below is a small sample of take away items from the Webinar.

  • Create a checklist and go over it with a friend. Make a checklist of all the things you want to accomplish in a day, a week, a month. Make the list meaningful for you. If you are a writer and you are trying to get through a period of writer’s block, put “I will write three pages today” on your checklist. “I will go to the gym and work out for 50 minutes today,” “I will read the newspaper,” “I will answer all of my e-mail,” or "I will get my physical exam" are all typical checklist entries to help you be your best self. Go over your checklist daily with a friend. Having a friend go over it with you will make you more accountable to the tasks at hand.

  • Don’t allow things to effect you that you have no control over. Goldsmith told a story during the Webinar that illustrated this point. There was a fisherman with a small boat, sitting in the dock. He noticed that a large boat was coming right for the dock, right where he was sitting. The large boat crashed into his boat, inflicting great damage. The fisherman started shouting at the large boat, screaming at the captain for wrecking his boat. But he soon noticed that there was no one in the large boat. The boat was unmanned and therefore, there was no one to blame. The large boat was on a collision course that no one set and no one could stop. Many things in life are like that boat. Things will happen that we can’t control so there’s no sense raging when there’s no one at fault. It’s best, in those circumstances, to accept what the world has in store and move on.

More strategies to increase mojo will be posted on this blog in “Part 2” of this story, coming Wednesday, April 28. You may also visit Marshall Goldsmith’s Web site for additional articles and resources.

Stay tuned to this blog to learn about upcoming CIE events to help you in life and work. Registration is now open for our next CIE Webinar is “Why People Are Successful” by Malcolm Gladwell on June 17, 2010 at the TCC.


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