I started career coaching because I was an HR leader. You naturally do a lot of career coaching in that job. You coach people inside the company on their career plans and ideas. They ask for your help when their friends, sweethearts and roommates are job hunting or have workplace issues to deal with.
I used to lead career advice and job search workshops at the library near my house. I had fun leading those workshops and I noticed something striking.
The folks in the audience at my job search workshops were all bright folks, enthusiastic and highly employable. After all, how many people have the spark to leave their house on a Tuesday night and go to the library to learn about job search techniques? The library folks were a lot of fun.
I noticed that the biggest factor in a library job seeker’s success was their belief in themselves. It was a much bigger factor than their education or work experience. My burning question became “How do you help folks who’ve been beaten down to feel great about themselves again?” I gradually realized that growing our mojo fuel tank was just as important if not more important than learning the job search techniques we invented and teach at Human Workplace, like the use of Pain Letters and Human-Voiced Resumes.
That’s why we talk as much as we do about your mojo fuel tank now. Your mojo fuel tank is your only energy source. It’s your sustenance for any grand adventure, including a job search, a business launch, parenthood, a physical move or just living your life, which is the grandest adventure of all.
We need our mojo tank to be full. Our friends fill it up, especially the ones who really get us and make us feel good when we’re around them. Kids and animals and exercise and a great meal and many other things fill up our mojo fuel tank. We need to be conscious of it.
We seldom if ever talk about mojo fuel tank at work, and that’s a shame. When you have tough goals to hit it’s essential to talk about the fuel that will power you over the finish line.
You can fill up your own mojo fuel tank by consciously spending time every day or as often as possible taking care of yourself and your mojo state.
Here are a few ideas:
- Get into nature, even for a short walk
- Get physical – run in place or do a few jumping jacks
- Play your favorite music
- Hang out with an awesome friend
- Chill with your pet or someone else’s
- Make art
- Cook or bake
- Organize a space (if it feels mojo-building & not like a chore)
- Go to the library
- Get a journal and write in it!
What ideas do you have for growing your mojo supply? Leave a comment!