I call it my “Ice Cream Theory On Productivity.”
What do I mean by that?
Let’s say I handed you a pint of ice cream and a spoon – then said, “Okay I want that entire pint finished in 1 hour! I’ll be back! It better be done!”
I’m betting that if I came back in an hour and asked you, “Okay? So, did you finish that pint of ice cream?” that your answer would be a resounding, “Yes! Thanks!”
Not because you had discipline.
It doesn’t take discipline to keep spooning and spooning ice cream.
You would have kept on wanting to spoon it up!
You would have experienced a passion for eating that ice cream that kept you going – and going.
I know personally when I’m having fun working on a project, I just keeping wanting to spoon up the project.
The problem? Sometimes after the beginning “honeymoon” period for a project passes, that passionate feeling for the work to be done then waxes and wanes.
Ask yourself WHY your honeymoon waned.
Think new thoughts! Create an affirmation!
Do new actions! Create a new kind of “to do list.” Start doing some aspect of your work that you haven’t done in a while – so things feel fresh.
Bring in someone else to assist in the aspects you’re not feeling!
In 3 words: Delegate, delegate, delegate!
Make a mindful choice to un-wane the wane!
Remind yourself how what you do MATTERS!
Get your identity re-synchronized as a successful, happy, confident, communicative, problem-solvin’ genius of your craft, dammit!
In other words, you should write out a “TO BE LIST” of qualities you want TO BE – then look at this list before you look at your “TO DO LIST.”
You will quickly feel more passionate about your to-do-ing.
Identity is destiny.
When you’re reminded of who you value being, you’re more motivated to move through challenges.
Because firstly you’ve awakened your passion to be your highest potential self.
Plus some part of you knows (aka your soul/core self) that if you don’t do actions which match with your values, then you will feel an uncomfortable twitchy feeling called “cognitive dissonance.”
Tell yourself: Baby needs a new pair of shoes – or even better – baby needs a college education!
Refocus on your longterm exciting “Dream Quest” of the life you want to create – and take your mind off the short term pain of working hard.
In every career there are “Supermodelers.”
Go get caffeinated with one. Hearing their tales of glory will re-ingnite your passion..and maybe they’ll offer tips on how to better wag a tale or two yourself.
Gallup studies show that when you have a best friend at work, you are seven times more likely to be engaged in your job.
You get more done in less time.
You also have more engaged customers- and are more likely to innovate and share new ideas.
Also, people with at least 3 close friends at work were 96% more likely to be extremely satisfied with their lives.
In summary: Find and keep people you love to be around as colleagues, employees, and employers – and you’ll have more passion for your work!
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.