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This week, I wanted to
share which factor of the fit & healthy career is most important to you.
And the winner is…
"To be doing something I'm good
This resonated with me. Fortunately, I have spent a good chunk of
my career doing things that I'm good at BUT I have definitely had roles that
did not particularly play to my strengths. You only need to look at the
weaknesses in my Strengths Profile to know that I will not suit a role with a
lot of planning, spinning plates or repetitive tasks. Neither will I thrive in
a competitive environment.
But it also resonated with me because of what I know about
Self-Actualisation, Competence &
Let's start with good old Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of
needs - you may well be familiar. The theory comprises a five-tier model, often
depicted as a pyramid working from the bottom up. The pinnacle of the hierarchy
of needs is “self-actualisation.” This is achieving one’s full
potential, motivated by the desire to “become everything one is capable of
So, our desire to "be doing something I'm good
at" is encapsulated partially at the level of Esteem needs and fully at
the level of Self-actualisation.
Let's get a bit more up to date with two more modern takes on
Self-Determination Theory (SDT) links personality, motivation and
optimal functioning (Deci & Ryan, 2017). SDT purports that we are driven to
meet three basic psychological needs, one of which is competence - (defined as achievements, knowledge and skill).
Dan Pink, in his best-selling 2009 book "Drive" (well
worth a read) also identifies three motivational elements, one of which is mastery –
requiring a balance between skill (being able to do the task) and challenge
(finding it stretching).
Making sure you can shine
So, we can all agree that it's important to be doing something
you're good at in order to be motivated in your career. In fact, with
motivation in the top 3 most important factors (according to my survey), it
feels that "expertise" and "motivation" can work
Therefore, it's important to make sure you're doing something
you're good at in your career at all times. I've devised a checklist that can
help you to ensure you're getting as close to this ideal as possible.
I hope that's given you some ideas for how to ensure you're in a
career where you're doing something you're good at. If you'd like to be more
intentional about your personal career health & fitness, then you might
want to check out the Flourish Club where we
work on all aspects of creating a career you love with weekly masterclasses,
Q&As, member spotlights and much more.
Book a call with me if you'd
like to find out more.