I’ve always loved winter. One of those rare people, my favorite days are characterized by temperatures in the teens, sunshine with bright blue skies. Here in NYC we’ve just had the second snowiest month ever missing an all time record by less than an inch. I happen to love snow especially when it’s untouched, covering everything and disturbed by no one. It’s magical yet....sooty snow, slush, icy walkways and gray skies on the other hand leave much to be desired. I’ve never been affected by S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) but have noticed some subtle changes in my own behavior of late, like a short fuse while driving, and difficulty generating energy for meetings outside the office. I mustered up energy to attend the NYHRP meeting Monday featuring Marshall Goldsmith the renowned executive coach and author. Never having heard him live, I was curious. He is committed and inspiring. Unbeknownst to me the theme for NYHRP programs this year is employee engagement. Very much aligned with BEI’s Building Engaged Organizations focus. Marshall’s latest book MOJO How To Get It, How To Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, was the source of his comments. Click here for Marshall Goldsmith's website. According to Goldsmith, mojo has to do with one’s inner spirit, that which radiates out from within in a positive fashion. This is unlike the mojo gotten from a spiritualist in Muddy Waters’ blues song.
Everything we do comes from within. We are in control of how we react to everything that transpires in our day. Yes bad things happen to good people. But each of us has a choice. We can choose how we react to the events life brings.
This morning to overcome S.A.D. creeping up on me I exercised. A half hour on my Cellerciser sets a healthy tone for the day. To overcome the grayness of yet another stormy day I turned on more lights in my office. I sit next to large windows and have found that the light from desk and wall lamps help bring a golden glow to the gray light coming through the windowpane. I’ve also begun a daily practice of reading something inspirational or watching a short inspirational video to help get in touch with my mojo to set the framework for a positive day.
I recommend picking up Goldsmith’s book as he presents four key factors, which impact our professional mojo. The insight is helpful as are the tools to help people get in touch with their true self and get their mojo working.
Received this quote today no author was acknowledged. Decided to share it anyway.
"The highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you become by it."