Work And Emotion

winning motivationExecuting and delivering happens from clarity on what to do and doing the work.  The work gets done from emotion.  It is our fuel for making things happen.  It is far more effective than blind discipline or rigorous perseverance.

There are things that may be left undone for you or your organization.  The emotion is likely not adequate to overcome the inertia.  Part of this is our faulty thinking.

Many of us were nurtured in systems that taught us to be a good girl or boy by being compliant taking tests, doing homework and preparing reports.  If the deadline was weeks away, procrastination from a lack of urgency was common.  The emotion was low.  We are all affected by Parkinson’s Law,

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

I have found that those who embrace this law at work live more freely and execute with passion.  We use emotion to drive results because emotion has been the key driver the whole time.

Are you finding it hard to clean your house?  Try inviting over new dinner guests.  The house will get cleaned more from your cultural vanity than from your self-discipline.

Want to get more involved in a cause?  Write a big check and your dispassion will convert to caring.  You are vested.

Want to be a better reader?  How about publishing a newsletter?  You will need content which is fresh and inspired that reading provides.

Want to get into shape?  Sign up for a race and pay the money.  Your focus and motivation will be far higher than just determining to run every day.

Want to have a more productive company?  Hire a remote workforce.  It will force you to adopt systems like cloud computing and mobile technology to get things done.

If work expands to fill the time allotted, then use emotion to your advantage.  The clarity from a defined commitment and compressed timeframe provide emotion to deliver.  If you are working from the sterility of metered process or discipline, try to tap into emotion instead by making commitments which pull you towards delivering.

How have you found emotion drives your execution?

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