On This Episode:
In order for you to feel alive and have a sense of purpose and meaning in your work and life, you have to have both
- a sense of progress and
- a sense of control.
‘Progress’ takes on different forms but it basically means the feeling of moving ahead or the accomplishment of a goal. If you begin a work task from small to large, upon completion, there is a sense of movement in what you do.
This is ‘results-oriented’ encouragement where you achieve a task you’ve set out to do.
Adm. McRaven explains at a University of Texas, Austin commencement speech That as a Navy Seal, they were required to make their bed to perfection every morning. Why is it the best way to start off your day? He said that it shows progress. You’ve told yourself that you can accomplish something.
‘Control’ is just what it sounds like only on the positive side. When I do career coaching, in the assessment phase where we are evaluating a person’s current situation, I often ask, “What part of your job/life do you feel like you have control?” Even if the person can identify one thing it’s a starting point. For example: I have control over the decorations in my cubicle or I have control over what I do on Saturday afternoon.
Why is this important? Because without a sense of control in even a small area of your life, your brain and emotions get a little wacky. Emotionally, you feel stressed and chaotic and most of the time, you end up making a stupid decision.
You need a sense of control to steady yourself before you decide to leave or quite your job and you need a sense of progress in order to feel like your life has purpose. That’s why the phrase ‘stuck in a dead end job’ is so appropriate. ‘Stuck’ means you don’t have control and ‘dead end’ means you can’t go anywhere.
Resources From This Episode
- Audible.com – 180K audio book, right at your fingers
- Career Coaching – If you need some clarity on your career and life, I can help.
- Adm. McRaven explains at a University of Texas, Austin commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day
- 48days.com – great resources for finding work you love.