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    Have you experienced your MOJO?

    I know you’ve got a lot going on in your life. It’s a good time to question: “Have I experienced my Mojo in what I do?”

    A book I’m reading defines Mojo as, “that spirit towards what we are doing NOW that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.”

    To better understand what Mojo is the author compares MOJO with NOJO- opposite of MOJO. He provides comparison of the two states. Think about how you feel in your current job or an activity and compare which of the two columns your feelings belong to.

    MOJO NOJO
    Take responsibility Play the victim
    Move forward March in place
    Run the extra mile Satisfied with bare minimum
    Love doing it Feel obligated to do it
    Appreciate opportunities Tolerate requirements
    Make the best of it Endure it
    Inspirational Painful to be around
    Grateful Resentful
    Curious Indifferent
    Zest for life Zombie-like
    Awake Asleep

    There is another way to measure your MOJO. Think of a typical day in your life. Pick one of your more important activities and rate yourself on each of the ten questions below on a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the highest. A perfect MOJO score would be 100

    Professional MOJO: What I bring to this activity

    1. Motivation: You want to do a great job in this activity. (If you were just going through the motions when you are engaged in this activity, your score would be low).

    2. Knowledge: You understand what to do and how to do it. (If you were unclear on processes or priorities, your score would be low).

    3. Ability: You have the skills needed to do the job well. (If this activity does not fit your talents or competencies, your scores would be low).

    4. Confidence: You are sure of yourself when you are performing this activity (If you feel unsure or insecure, your score would be low).

    5. Authenticity: You are genuine in your enthusiasm for engaging in this activity (If you are faking it, or being insincere, your score would be low).

    Personal Mojo: What this activity brings to me.

    1. Happiness: Being engaged in this activity makes you happy (If it is not stimulating, creates misery, or is otherwise non-joyful, your score would be low).
    2. Reward: this activity provides material or emotional rewards that are important to you. (If the activity is unrewarding, or if the rewards do not matter to you, your score would be low).
    3. Meaning: The results of this activity are meaningful for you. (If you do not feel a sense of fulfillment, or that you are contributing to a greater good, then your score would be low).
    4. Learning: This activity helps you learn and grow (If you feel you are just treading water and not learning, your score would be low).
    5. Gratitude: Overall you feel grateful for being able to do his activity and believe that it is a great use of your time (If it seems like a poor use of your time or you regret doing it, your score would be low).

    Think about some of the other activities you have participate in recently where you score high on these ten points- Maybe that will help you redefine your life and discover your MOJO

    Reference: Mojo. “How to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it”. By Marshall Goldsmith.

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