"What if now...I choose it?"
In some recent DiA small group sessions, we have been exploring the importance of people being able to make progress in meaningful work. And how some of the most important work of a leader can be finding ways to get anything out of the way of this progress, so their people can move unemcumbered, towards something important, that matters to them. (See here for previous posts on 'the progress principle'.)
One group focussed very heavily on the key word of 'meaningful' when exploring this concept. Said one participant, 'I know I personally make progress in work each day, crossing lots of things off the to-do list, but now I am questioning if this progress is in 'meaningful work', the things that really matter to me?'
When people reflect on the really satisfying work days, they typically make progress on things that enable them to make a contribution to something important, to make progress on things they buy-in to and believe in, where there is alignment in some way to their values, to things they enjoy doing, or things that they are good at. On these days, things feel easier, we feel 'lighter' and 'happier'.
In another small group, a participant asked to share a short video that he thought reflected another view on this concept. It also offered another perspective on the impact that having success in things that matter can have on our motivation levels and our 'mood' - of our own mood and those of others (contagion of 'mood'.)
He shared a short 3 minute video of Andre Agassi reflecting back on his career during the 2012 Australian Open. (Thanks David K!)
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