We were working on a strategy to support her Behavioral Support Focus – part of the Level I process – when she said:
“I am more balanced when I’m involved in work I love.”
She then said:
“I am more committed:
– I better understand the outcome
– I become unstoppable moving to that outome
– I become more creative
– I have to finish because I see something at the end.”
This was profound! She was describing the power of being in flow.
“Flow tends to occur when a person faces a clear set of goals that require appropriate repsonses.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Finding Flow – The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Basic Books 1997)
She expressed her flow in her strategic plan as follows:
Balance – knowing what I need to do and focusing my efforts there – I am more balanced when I’m involved in work I love
Knowledge – getting knowledge of those things I have to do will sometimes move me to the love of what I am doing – it is about understanding why we do the things we need and have to do
Networking – I am committed to my own success and that of others – my network is a place to share with others regardless of title and position
She has found her secret to balance … work she loves.
AND please notice in the outline above; she works hard to consciously create and keep this balance!