Many executives come into my Scottsdale office as high achieving top performers, who have lost their mojo in their career. I’m here to tell you it’s okay! It’s extremely common to hit a phase in your career where you feel totally disconnected from what has made you successful in the past. Actually, to be honest, the number one reason my phone rings is to help successful professionals find their mojo again and move up the corporate ladder!
Although every career and individual is unique, life has a way of burying all of us. Especially top performers! If you are a top performer, you know you are busy. You’re comfortable in high-pressure situations that requiring fast-paced, multi-tasking. And you probably don’t give yourself enough credit for all the things you do. And because you are used to getting things accomplished, you will work harder to finish a task.
Yet when we’re busy and buried, we can go into autopilot. We end up going through the motions, but not really feeling engaged. Everything can become a ‘to-do’ list that we desperately want to finish so we charge ahead. Often at our own expense and often sacrificing our own personal well being to accomplish a task. It may be something as simple as skipping your exercise routine, losing sleep to work extra hours or general lack of self care.
When in autopilot it is easy to slip into people-pleasing and other old negative habits. After all, we are willing to do whatever it takes to reach high marks. The problem is we eventually get lost in the roles we play. Whether we’re a mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son, friend, executive or CEO; we support a lot of people! It’s easy for our passions and our joy to get buried under the roles we play everyday. And all this over-striving and stretching yourself up may actually be throwing you out of a top performing zone. Your success is not based upon how many phone calls you return or meetings you attend. It is based on who you are when you walk in the door and how connected you are to your best self. If you walk in stressed out and un-centered, your boss/colleagues/prospect will get it.
I challenge you to wonder, that perhaps the essence of who you are is very different from the autopilot habits you’re stuck in at the moment. In fact, this is probably why you feel confused and out of sorts. You’re out of touch with your true-sense of self which is throwing off your mojo at work. Other common autopilot habits that derail career success strategies include: procrastination, perfectionism, rescue behaviors, enabling and denial. Because it’s easy to get lost in these patterns, top performers become totally confused about what makes them great.
One of my specialties is identifying how you can break through the stagnation and focus back on your success strategy! If you’d like help finding your mojo, LET’S CHAT!