Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your mojo? Like you’re going through the motions wondering: "What’s it all for? Is this all there is?"
Sarah, 12 months into her role, felt disconnected from the potential she saw in her role originally. Her change projects were taking twice as long and were twice as hard as she’d predicted. She felt flat, frustrated and in a rut. Sound familiar?
You want to reconnect back into work. But how?
You need to regain a sense of meaningful progress. Researchers Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer discovered the progress principle when they researched workplace factors that influenced motivation¹.
Their research discovered that sensing progress being made was the single most important thing in boosting positive emotion and motivation. Whether you’re trying to disrupt the market or improve a process, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how you feel and perform.
Think about a time when you’ve had a vague, complex or challenging task. Instead of focusing on that task you suddenly find yourself getting through your emails. Why? Because completing simple tasks gives you a sense of progress: 50 emails down to 30 – it feels good!
Bringing it all together
You need to able to create forward momentum in your role in order to make meaningful progress. When your big game combines great work, great relationships with a feedback loop that provides meaningful progress – then you know you’re onto a motivational winner. That’s how to reconnect back into your role.
What can you do to give yourself a mojo boost?
¹The Progress Principle: Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer, Harvard Business Review Press 2011
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