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The Power of Your Mojo: The It Factor for Your Success

Part 1

What is your mojo, where does the word mojo come from, and what does it have to do with our success?

Mojo is a term said to have its origin in Africa. African slaves brought with them amulets, or charms, that were associated with casting magic spells. Those charms and spells came to be known as mojos.

Today, the term mojo is often used by many people, including the fictional Austin Powers, to refer to the magnetic force within us that brings out our passion. It attracts people to us, makes us light up with energy, and directs us to our success.

What is Your Mojo

Our mojos become apparent when we are children. In the event you are not too clear what is your mojo, your special gift or magic in life, let me share the evolution of my mojo. The intention is to incite a look into yourself, so you can pinpoint the make-up of your magic, the special gift for your unique success.

My mojo first became visible during the nine years I spent in Top Hill, Jamaica. At the age of one, my mother took me and my sister from England, and brought us to Top Hill. She left us with my grandmother and went off to make a better future for us.

I woke up to myself in what I remember as a vast playground, laden with fruit bearing trees and family planted all around me. I felt happy, contented and free as a bird. This was the perfect place for my mojo, the magic of me, to reveal itself.

It began with my traits of being an intelligent, talkative, and feisty child? I would speak bluntly and stand up to just about anyone. I became known for that special something in me, my mojo. It was:

the ability to communicate intelligently, forcefully, courageously, passionately, creatively and with deliberate intent to impact people as well as cause positive change.

At somewhere around the age of eight or nine, I remember passionately cursing out my fifteen years-old cousin’s ‘baby father’ for getting her pregnant, and not supporting her as well as his child. Needless to say, I got a few licks for ‘giving lip’ to those who were older and stronger than me.  Still, I got my point and my passion across; thus my mojo became obvious to those around me.

Many people said I was going to be someone special when I grew up. This magic in me, they believed, would give me the strength and power to lead others and stand up for what is right.

As I grew older, it seemed the magic of me, my mojo, was not too strong or dependable in another world. I left Top Hill, and something in my new home of Canada scared my mojo into hiding…

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The next post will continue with When You Lose Your Mojo, Reclaiming Your Mojo, and Sharing Your Magic with the World.

Until then, tell us ‘what is your mojo’?

Life and Death: God Speaking Through Justina

Justina, who I have written about many times, died last week from Cancer. The last time I saw her was the Sunday after New Year’s day.  She was sitting in a wheelchair and had lost most of her sight. Her mother told her that I was there.  As I reached down to hug her, her smile broadened. Beaming with love, she reached up with her left hand to give me a truly heartfelt hug. I don’t remember feeling so loved. Her physical body may have been dying, yet her spirit was as alive as ever.

I will forever remember the powerful message she delivered, 5 months ago, at her baptism. I quote her words below and present the two songs she spoke of, which are a clear testament that God was speaking through and firmly embracing Justina.

One of my favorite songs says “Teach me to number my days”. The way we have structured our fall schedule is teaching me to focus on relationships and not worry about the stuff that doesn’t matter too much…

The song “No Matter What” by Kerrie Roberts is the sound track for this time in my life. It says:

I’m running back to your promises one more time
Lord that’s all I can hold on to
I gotta say this has taken me by surprise
But nothing surprises You
Before a heartache can ever touch my life
It has to go through Your hands
And even though I keep asking why…

No matter what, I’m gonna love you
No matter what, I’m gonna need you
I know You can find a way to keep me from the pain
But if not, I’ll trust you, no matter what…

God has been faithful to me in my life and I know that He wants to give this same incredible love and faithfulness to everyone. People have said that my story has inspired them. What I really want is for it to be life changing, so that like me, they can experience Jesus living through them.

My life had changed, and I hope through this post, Justina’s message reaches and changes other lives.

Though Justina is no longer here, her message lives on in us. I thank God for loaning her to us for a little while, for showing us what is to be a child of God.