|A Note from Linda ...
BEING IN THE ZONE
Goldsmith lists seven professional mistakes that contribute to nojo in otherwise competent, successful and smart people:
The old adage, "If you want something done, just ask a busy person," may apply to you. And if you're ambitious, the last thing you want to admit to your boss or coworkers is that you can't handle everything.
If you believe you have superpowers, you will box yourself into a corner by taking on too many tasks. At that point, the quality of work and good humor will begin to fail, and you'll lose your mojo (and possibly much more).
2. Waiting for the Facts to Change
When we experience a setback, it's not uncommon for us to wait for the facts to change into something more to our liking. Such wishful thinking is the opposite of over-committing, as it leads to under-acting. Instead of doing something, you freeze and do nothing.
When the facts are hard to swallow, ask yourself: "What path would I take if I knew the situation won't get any better?" Then get ready to pursue that path.
3. Looking for Logic in All the Wrong Places
We devote many professional hours to finding logic in situations where none exists.
Human beings are profoundly logical. Our minds crave order, fairness and justice, and we're trained to value logic. But much of life, work and decisions that affect us are unreasonable, unfair or unjust, which sets us up for disappointment and can kill mojo.
We sometimes hope logic will prevail against all odds and that it will prove we're in the right. If we stick to our guns until the bitter end, everyone will see how right we are. In the meantime, we seriously damage important relationships.
4. Bashing the Boss
Talent-management firm DDI found that the average American spends 15 hours a month criticizing or complaining about his or her boss. Indeed, boss-bashing is a popular diversion.
But while it may relieve tension and get a few laughs, denigrating your boss is not particularly attractive. Other people will wonder what you'll say about them when they're not around.
Bashing doesn't build a better boss. It only serves to tarnish your reputation and lower your mojo.
5. Refusing to Change Because of "Sunk Cost"
Once incurred, a sunk cost cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, it's also the basis for many irrational decisions that go against our best interest. When we throw more money at a problem and hope for different results, we compound the error — all because we cannot admit our error.
Are your decisions based on what you might lose or what you have to gain? If it's the former, your devotion to sunk costs may be costing you more than you know: your mojo.
6. Confusing the Mode You're in
We have two modes of behavior: professional and relaxed. Our professional selves are image-conscious. We pay attention to how we look, dress, speak and behave. We can't afford to be sloppy.
In relaxed mode, some of us go to opposite extremes. We're less guarded about everything, including our speech, language and use of humor.
So, what happens when we're in relaxed mode, but still in the company of work colleagues and friends? Are we sarcastic and cynical in ways inappropriate to the office setting?
The more you close the gap between who you are as a professional and who you are when relaxed, the greater the trust and confidence you'll generate.
Arguing can put our mojo at risk by needlessly creating enemies instead of allies. Many arguments are traps in which we fight to improve our status among the tribe, rather than to solve a problem for the greater good.
Learn to avoid the following argument traps that do nothing more than zap your spirit:
We need to recognize our errors early to help prevent our blips from getting out of control. Getting our mojo back and being "in the zone" is more challenging than we realize. Even when we're ready to take a good look at ourselves and our blind spots, change is very difficult to do alone. Creating positive change requires ongoing follow-up, feedback and assistance from a friend, mentor or an executive coach.
If we want to compete in today's corporate environment, having mojo is not an option, but rather a necessity.
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