According to research, the three things that turn on our motivational drive are: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. This is according to Daniel Pink in his book, Drive. Here is how he details these drivers:
Autonomy – Seek autonomy over some (or all) of the aspects of work. Lookf for the freedom to tackle projects in a way that you see fit rather than having to follow a strict procedure.
Mastery – Seek the passion to become better at something that matters to you.
- Create an environment where mastery is possible – to foster an environment of learning and development, four essentials are required – autonomy, clear goals, immediate feedback and Goldilocks tasks.
Purpose – take steps to fulfil your natural desire to contribute to a cause greater and more enduring than yourself
In the new year, let's try and find those areas where our passion for mastery can fuel our actions in a more proactive way. Also, let's try an find a purpose for contributions that is deep and meaningful for our greater goals.