Where’s Your Mojo?

I was playing golf the other day and had an interesting experience. I had somehow become a much better player in the three weeks since my last game. I was completely relaxed, had no tension, and just "felt" that I was doing the right things at the right time. Able to hit most shots right where I wanted, putt with correct speed and alignment, and score better than ever before, I had something special happening. Why? I hadn't practiced at all since my last round, I hadn't changed anything with my swing (that I was consciously aware of), but for some reason I was in a different state of mind, and my performance showed it. What I had found and was executing is what I call "Mojo."

You've seen evidence of it in individuals, teams, markets, and have probably experienced it for yourself at one time or another. Mojo. What is it? How can you get it? How can you keep and increase it once you've got it? These are questions we should all be asking in our leadership roles today. We can't possibly expect our team or company to develop Mojo if we don't understand and cultivate it for ourselves first.

In Marshall Goldsmith's book entitled MOJO, he defines it as "That positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside." The most powerful part of his definition to me is: "…that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside." We often look at our lives, leadership, and companies, seeking something external to help us gain clarity, direction, focus, or desire.

We must create our own Mojo! Think about your own situation for a moment. What are the areas that you know you're not consistently bringing enough positive spirit to the table? What are some actions you could take now that will put you in a better state of mind to handle the current challenges/opportunities you are facing? As we all know, the business environment has changed tremendously, so our actions must follow accordingly.

Mojo is about creating new, positive habits to replace existing, negative habits that no longer serve you. I completely agree with the words of Warren Buffet: "Habits are like chains that are too light to feel, until they are too heavy to be broken." Habits become stronger over time whether they serve you or not. It all begins with self-awareness. The only way to know if you've got Mojo or not, is to be conscious of what your actions and feelings are in the moment. When I was golfing, I "felt that I was doing the right things at the right time." In order to increase Mojo, you must be aware of fluctuations in your feelings and energy as you move throughout your daily activities. Are you consistent, or do you let certain tasks bring you down and squash your Mojo? If you're not mentally where you want to be, simply take responsibility to change your thoughts and actions.

If you want to increase Mojo, positive behavior, and results, you must realize and believe that it begins and ends with you. You are "radiating" thoughts, feelings, and actions to your team members, clients, and peers all the time. The question becomes, are you radiating the positive spirit and energy that you want to? Challenge your perspective, and know that you have the tremendous power to create your desired path and destiny.

You have chosen leadership, you have chosen to be a member of a team, and you have chosen your current situation, whether you believe it or not. Now is the time to make the positive changes you want. Get to it! Increase your Mojo and positive spirit to create the new results you desire!