Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We Want: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose

I've been reading DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.  I blogged about it recently in my post on Carrots and Sticks.  Though the main focus in Drive is a look at how managers can improve moral, loyalty, and productivity of employees, I found the information very helpful on a personal level.

Pink points out that regardless of the relationship, employee/employer, child/parent, student/teacher, or team member/business leader, each of us experiences more creativity, happiness and productivity when three basic elements are satisfied.  We each want, need, and thrive when we have "Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose."

Think of a toddler approaching a set of steps.  He is driven internally to attempt the climb over and over again regardless of the bumps and setbacks along the way.  As a toddler, we shun help and interference, seek the next step and the next, and just know we are doing the right thing!!!

As Health Coaches, our clients are why we exist!  We thrive on their drive for success ... Give some thought to these concepts ... Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.  How do you use them personally to perfect your craft?  How do you see your clients expressing these core needs?

This is more evidence that ours is not a yo-yo game of losing weight. We are focused on helping each person gain and sustain health in every way!  Share your story!!!

Check out this little clip of a family encouraging a little one as he learns to crawl ... then go get it!

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