What to do when you’ve lost your Mo Jo

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Back in August 2011, I wrote an article for our website entitled What to do when you’ve lost your Mo Jo.  Month after month I have noticed that this article continues to attract regular readers.  Visitors searching for answers, and hopefully finding something useful.  If you haven’t already read this article, then please do take a look.

http://www.capsticksaxton.com/articles/latest/143-what-to-do-when-youve-lost-your-mojo

It seems to me that the ability to reconnect with our Mo Jo is an essential aspect of any strategy for maintaining resilience.

Can Women have Gravitas?

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Can Women have gravitas?  Of course they can. But what’s it like? How do women (and men for that matter) develop gravitas?  I asked my trusted friend and colleague Susie Every to share her thoughts on this issue, and not only has she published an article on the subject, she also produced this stunning drawing inspired by Mount Rushmore.  Click here https://t.co/zznyCfdN7O to read what Susie has to say about how to develop gravitas through presence and projection.  I think you will like it.

The power of optimism

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The origin of the word “optimism” is from the Latin optimum which means “the best”. By optimism I mean the tendency to positive thinking, finding the best in a situation; to look on the bright side; to regard a glass half full rather than half empty.

Researching this topic I came across a story about Andrew Carnegie, written by Alex Banayan, who posted it on Linked In.  Andrew Carnegie started his career with nothing and yet he became the richest man alive; worth more than Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined.

According to the story, one afternoon, a young man walked into Carnegie’s office to interview him about his success. Carnegie could have talked the young man through his journey from poverty to riches, or told him about his dealings with John Rockefeller. But Carnegie talked about something else.

His optimism.

Apparently, Carnegie said the most important thing in his life was his “ability to shed trouble and to laugh through life.” He said that seeing life through a lens of positivity was worth more to him than millions of dollars.

“Young people should know that it can be cultivated,” Carnegie said. “The mind, like the body, can be moved from the shade into sunshine.”

It seems that optimism makes good business sense. By not getting weighed down by the negative, Carnegie could keep his focus on the positive, bounce back from failures faster, and see opportunities where other people didn’t know they existed.  He also seems to have discovered the fact that optimism can be cultivated…we can move our minds from the shade into the sunshine. This is something that Martin Seligman shows us how to do in his writing on Learned Optimism, which will be the subject of my next post.

If you dislike something isn’t it time to innovate?

Ian McDermott is a leading expert on the subject of “Innovation.” According to Ian we are all capable of innovation, and when we make change we are in fact innovating. Triggers to making change include:

  • Distress,
  • Discontent,
  • Love,
  • A vision of what might be, and
  • Sheer Bloody Mindedness!!

This put me in mind of an old TV advert that some of you might recall, for Honda’s much improved diesel engine.  The catchy tune is entitled Hate something, change something…it does make sense!!

How to open a world of colour for black and white thinkers

Reframing is a useful technique for unsticking black and white thinking. Colour brings a fresh dimension.

Use a simple question to encourage exploration of the grey area in between two stuck positions: eg “How would it be if the grey area was shot through with bright colours?”

Visualisation of colours can bring fresh energy, enabling a stuck thinker to find new perspectives and innovative solutions. Why not give it a try.

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Make Change in 5 tiny steps

Sometimes the thought of changing something can seem overwhelming.  Where to start?

I am a firm believer in the benefit of taking small steps in the direction of travel, rather than trying to tackle everything at the same time.

Small steps can add up over time, and the secret is to start with something easy.

Here is a simple 5 stage formula for making change……Read more