05/02/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Marshall Goldsmith's 12 Keys To Get Your Mojo Working!

It is my privilege to share my recent conversation about the power of MOJO with my friend and mentor, Marshall Goldsmith. Marshall is the king of great advice (I am a mere princess!) and is widely recognized as the world's leading authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people and their teams. He was recently named by The London Times and Forbes as one of the fifteen most influential business thinkers in the world. When Marshall talks about MOJO, trust me, anyone who wants more success in their lives listens. I know I do!

Definition of MOJO: "the moment when you do something that's purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it" - from Marshall's extraordinary new book: MOJO, How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It.

MOJO TIP #1: Take responsibility
Take total accountability for your success. The buck rests with you, no one else.
NOJO (No Mojo!): Playing the victim

MOJO TIP #2: Move forward
Ideate next steps and complete them.
NOJO: March in place

MOHO TIP #3: Run the extra mile
Do more than is required, not less.
NOJO: Satisfied with the bare minimum

MOJO TIP #4: Love doing it
Do work that you are passionate about!
NOJO: Feel obligated to do it

MOJO TIP #5: Appreciate opportunities
Express enthusiasm for the work.
NOJO: Tolerate requirements

MOJO TIP #6: Make the best of it
Do everything you can to make every day a success.
NOJO: Endure it

MOJO TIP #7: Be inspirational
Example positive behavior 24/7.
NOJO: Painful to be around

MOJO TIP #8: Be grateful
Express your gratitude that you get to do what you do.
NOJO: Feel resentful

MOJO TIP #9: Be curious
Find new things that interest you weekly.
NOJO: Uninterested

MOJO TIP #10: Be caring
Everyone wants to be treated with dignity and respect. Lead the charge.
NOJO: Be indifferent

MOJO TIP#11: Have Zest for life
Live fully!
NOJO: Zombie-like existence

MOJO TIP#12: Be awake!
Look for opportunity every where!
NOJO: Be asleep

Here's an example that Marshall gives in his new book, MOJO:
"Nowhere is the difference between Mojo and Nojo more evident to me than in the service economy; especially when I'm confronted by two employees doing exactly the same job at the same time. Take air travel, for example...I have interacted with thousands of flight attendants. Most are dedicated, professional and geared to providing excellent service. They demonstrate MOJO. A few are grumpy and act like they would rather be anywhere else than on the plane with me. They demonstrate NOJO. Both the MOJO and the NOJO flight attendants are doing exactly the same activity at the same time for the same company at the same salary for the same customers, yet the message that each is sending to the world about his or her experience couldn't be more different."

Do you want to be happy? Do you want to feel joy? Do you want to enjoy unlimited success in your life? Then for goodness sakes, find your MOJO. Marshall's book will take you there. When I took his MOJO TEST I scored a 10 in every aspect of my life except one, which received a score of #5. That was EYE OPENING. Now, thanks to Marshall's guidance, I am course correcting and generating results on par with who I really am.

MOJO! How to Get It, How To Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter (Hyperion)

Debbie Robins, M.A.

Thanks to Marshall and Brian Underhill, I have recently been named one of the top executive coaches in the country.

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